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Diamond Blue Spot Diamond Stingray (Dasyatis kuhlii)

Sharks - Octopus and Rays
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Diamond Blue Spot Diamond Stingray (Dasyatis kuhlii) also know as Kuhls Ray
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Diamond Blue Spot Diamond Stingray (Dasyatis kuhlii) also know as Kuhls Ray

Kuhl's maskray, also known as the blue-spotted stingray, blue-spotted maskray, or Kuhl's stingray, is a species of stingray of the family Dasyatidae. It was recently changed from Dasyatis kuhlii in 2008 after morphological and molecular analyses showed that it is part of a distinct genus, Neotrygon.

Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: Red Sea and South Africa to Samoa and Tonga north to Southern Japan, and south to Australia.

Size: up to 20 inches - (50 cm) width and 26 inches - (67 cm) length

Natural Environment: Inhabits sandy bottoms near rocky or coral and usually found at depths between 3 to 300 feet (1 - 90 m) where it feeds on small fishes and exposed invertebrates.

General Husbandry: Rarely seen in the trade, and having a somewhat reddish brown flattened triangular shaped body. 

Best maintained in large shark and stingrays type aquariums having deep fine-grained sand and few environmental obstructions. Will normally bury itself as protection from predators. 

Requires wide-open swimming areas, peaceful, none fin-nipping tankmates and tankmates too large to be eaten.

Requires a meaty diet, i.e., preferably live grass shrimp, earthworms and/or crabs and/or chopped meaty foods such as fish flesh, shrimp, clams, scallops and earthworms and be fed once daily.

Venomous spine can inflict a painful wound.

Very sensitive to copper, therefore aquarium water should be made with RO/DI processed water.

Experience Level: Expert

Temperament: Peaceful

Diet: Carnivore

Coral Safe: Yes

Fish Safe: With caution

Invertebrate Safe: No

Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+

Aquarium Environment: Fish-only aquarium

Tankmates: Peaceful and too large to be eaten

Minimum Tank Size: 250 gallons

Temperature Range: 70 - 82°F (21 - 27°C)

Specific Gravity: 1.020 - 1.026

pH: 8.0 - 8.5

Please note: We guarantee that ALL aquaria species we offer will arrive alive and in good condition. However, because of the increased level of care required for this particular species we have no arrive alive guarantee, it has been designated as "Advanced Aquarist Only." This species is recommended only for the advanced marine aquarist, zoo, or research institution.



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