Fiddler Stingray (Trygonorhina fasciata)

Fiddler Stingray (Trygonorhina fasciata)


  • Family: Rhinobatidae
  • Origin: Coral Sea
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Venomous: Yes
  • Color Form: Black, Tan
  • Max. Size: 3′
  • Reef Compatible: No
  • Care Level: Expert Only
  • Minimum Tank Size: 500 gallons
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025


The Fiddler Stingray originates from the Coral Sea, and is brown in coloration with geometric black or dark brown markings. This is a very beautiful stingray that is not overly aggressive, but does require a very large aquarium. The tail spine is venomous, but is only used for protection. Caution should be taken when netting it, or when it is not visible and maintenance is performed in the aquarium.

Due to its lack of hardiness, the Fiddler Stingray should only be kept by an experienced hobbyist in a large aquarium. A 500 gallon aquarium with at least a three foot width from front to back is necessary for an adult. It likes to cover itself in soft substrate as camouflage. A coarser substrate will scratch its abdomen and could cause an infection. It should never be exposed to copper-based medications. It will eat any crustacean or mollusk in the aquarium.

When first introduced into the aquarium, small pieces of cleaned squid or live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. Then it may be fed shrimp, scallops or pieces of fresh marine fish.

The approximate purchase size of your Stingray is measured as the diameter of the fish.

Approximate Purchase Size: 10″ to 12″


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