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The Shovelnose Ray is an attractive bottom dwelling fish. It has a tan body with blue spots and stays relatively small, but does require a 1,000 Litre or larger aquarium as an adult. They can grow disc width of up to 30cm with a total length including tail of up to 70cm.
The Shovelnose Ray requires a sandy or fine gravel substrate, as its abdomen is easily scratched by a coarser substrate, which could result in an infection. It likes to cover itself with the soft substrate as camouflage.
The tail spine is venomous and only used for protection. Caution should be taken when netting it, or when it is not visible and maintenance is performed in the aquarium.
They should never be exposed to copper-based medications.
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. Due to its lack of hardiness when introduced into an aquarium, it should only be kept by an experienced hobbyist. Once acclimated, it will eat any small invertebrates in the tank.