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Super Big Spot Black Diamond

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013



At TopStingray, it has all along been our custom and tradition to share some of the magnificent Black Diamond freshwater stingrays we make.


Once again, we have done it again. We would love for everyone in the stingray world to share our pride and joy. This particular stingray came from parentage of big spot Black Diamonds.


Here is a picture of the stingray when it was first born. It has now qualified to become one of our Super Big Spot Black Diamond pups…




This next 2 pictures shows the same Black Diamond pup growing up and look how nicely it has developed in colour and contrast. This is how we qualify our Black Diamonds to be big spot pups because if you notice, the spots on the stingray has not remained the same size, but had grown along with the stingray. Creating one of the more superior Big Spot Black Diamond pups we have made in these few months.




So, with enough said, we at TopStingray would hope for everyone in the stingray world to enjoy these pictures and share with us our joys in trying to create some of the best looking freshwater Leopoldi Black Diamond stingrays in the world.


Until next time…




TopStingray Team



Transformation of The Royal Galaxy P14 Stingray

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Today, TopStingray would like to share information and insights of one of the most amazing transformations amongst all the freshwater stingrays.


The Royal Galaxy P14 Stingray…


This particular freshwater stingray goes through the most amazing and drastic transformation process amongst all freshwater stingray species.


When born, the Royal Galaxy P14 has a light brownish base color and white spider-web like markings. Looking something like this…





The colors and markings on the stingray looks nothing near anything it would become when it grows up. As it grows to around 6 to 7 inches, pattern wise, the stingray starts to form whitish looking spots in the centre of each of the spaces in the spider-web and expands to cover the holes in the spider web. In other words, the lines of the spider-web slowly lightens up and disappears in the process. The brownish base then starts to turn dark and subsequently black.





Once entering semi adult-hood, the stingray would already be having an almost fully dark or black base color with clear signs of white spots all over. By now, the spider-web lines on its disc would already be almost, if not completely gone.





From here forth, the transformation process is nearly complete but nonetheless, never ending as the Royal Galaxy P14’s spots would get clearer and white as the stingray grows everyday.


In the end, it would have went from a dull brownish looking stingray with spider-web markings to one of the most amazing looking freshwater stingray with a black base color and small spots all over its disc.


At TopStingray, we are proud to be able to reproduce this wonderful freshwater stingray for sale as well as to share with everyone this beautiful transformation process and insight.






TopStingray Team



Hybrid Experimentation on Black Diamond | Tiger | Henlei Stingray

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

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Today TopStingray would like to share with everyone another result from one of our experimentation hybrid-ing program.


In our quest to be one of the world’s foremost experts of freshwater stingrays, not only do we try to produce some of the best quality Black Diamond stingrays around. Once in awhile, we also experiment with cross breeding and hybrid programs.


This time, the picture shown above is the result of breeding a Henlei Stingray, a Black Diamond Stingray and a Tiger Stingray. We have no idea if this is the first time something like that has ever been done before but we are quite sure that this stingray is certainly a unique one.


With regards to patterns and colorization, it certainly has the patterns and markings of the Tiger stingray, and also the spottings around the rims just like a Black Diamond stingray.


We just wanted to share with everyone in the freshwater stingray world and hope that everyone would be able to share our joy in this.


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Until next time…




TopStingray Team



2013 Showcases

Monday, January 14th, 2013


Once again, TopStingray has surpassed our own standards and is now one step closer to producing the more than perfect Black Diamond.


This blog showcases this awesome pup which we have just got. Check out the full fledged rims and HUGE spottings. One look and immediately, anyone who is stingray crazy would know that this is an awesome ray. With spots and rims like this at such a young age, this pup shows great development capabilities.


Born from thousand island parentage, this pup would soon grow up to be one of our top class Black Diamond stingrays.


TopStingray has again proved to everyone that with the right genetics and selective pairing, great looking stingrays with awesome patterns and super white spots would be the next big thing to expect from us.


A little on the spots and rims. Take a close look to see how white the spots are, how big they are and check out those rims, WOW!!!


All in all, a super looking ray if you ask us. Anyway, enough talk for now and lets just enjoy the pictures.


At TopStingray, we pride ourselves in producing some of the most premium grade Black Diamonds around and we would constantly be challenging and upgrading our skills and the standards of our stingrays.


Check out the development of Black Diamond pupp at 7 inches down below.



TopStingray @ Thailand National Ornamental Fish Day 2012

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

We visited one of the biggest fish exhibitions in Thailand and the standard and variety of the fishery industry in Thailand surprised us. So we thought that we would write a blog to share this with everyone.



The Thailand National Ornamental Fish Day is held yearly and showcases some of the best looking fishes in the country. Anything from common Betta Fishes (Siamese Fighting Fish) and Goldfishes to exotic Albino Red Arowanas and Black Diamond Stingrays.


This year, we felt that the emphasis of the show was more on exotic species such as Stingrays, Albinos and hybrid variations of different species. Each year more and more different fish species emerge on show and slowly but surely, we can see the fishery industry of Thailand become stronger and more colourful.


The entrance of the show was decorated with the bright colours of the Asian Arowanas. Super Goldhead Arowanas and Super Red Arowanas lit up the entrance as they swam majestically in their showcase tanks.






I am sure the Arowana needs no introduction but we would like to give a short introduction to this species just in case there are some people out there who would like to know more about the Asian Arowana.


The Asian arowana comprises several varieties of freshwater fish in the genus Scleropages. They have several other common names, including Asian bonytongue, dragon fish, and a number of names specific to different varieties.


Native to Southeast Asia, Asian Arowanas inhabit blackwater rivers, slow-moving waters flowing through forested swamps and wetlands. Adults feed on other fish, while juveniles feed on insects.[4]


These popular aquarium fish have special cultural significance in areas influenced by Chinese culture. The name dragon fish stems from their resemblance to the Chinese dragon. This popularity has had both positive and negative effects on their status as endangered species.


Walking on in, we find some excellent show grade quality goldfishes on display. From Lionheads to Japanese Ranchus.






Ok, well, we are sure everyone knows about Goldfishes and what they are. Otherwise… well, you must be from somewhere far far away…


But just to share some interesting facts about Goldfishes…


The goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus) was one of the earliest fish to be domesticated, and is one of the most commonly kept aquarium fish.


A relatively small member of the carp family (which also includes the Koi Carp and the Crucian Carp), the goldfish is a domesticated version of a less-colorful carp (Carassius auratus) native to East Asia. It was first domesticated in China more than a thousand years ago. Goldfish breeds vary greatly in size, body shape, fin configuration and coloration (various combinations of white, yellow, orange, red, brown, and black are known).


Did you know?


During the 1620s, goldfish were highly regarded in southern Europe because of their metallic scales, and symbolized good luck and fortune. It became tradition for married men to give their wives a goldfish on their one-year anniversary, as a symbol for the prosperous years to come.


We went on further into the exhibition and Marine fishes were next. All of them, in nicely decorated and brightly lit tanks to further enhance and bring out the bright colours they already exhibit. These tanks were in a class of their own.





Not only were fishes on display, soon after passing the Marine fishes, there were just rows and rows of Aquatic plants on exhibition. And we found out that this was actually a competition on tank aquatic design and all the tanks on display were done by children under the age of 15 years. Anyway not much to talk about the plants so let’s just let the pictures do the talking




Moving on… we came across some watery creepy crawlies. Freshwater Crayfish or what some people know as Yabbies.




Crayfish – also called crawfish or crawdads – are freshwater crustaceans resembling small lobsters, to which they are related. They breathe through feather-like gills and are found in bodies of water that do not freeze to the bottom. They are mostly found in brooks and streams where there is fresh water running, and which have shelter against predators. Most crayfish cannot tolerate polluted water, although some species such as the invasive Procambarus clarkii are more hardy. Crayfish feed on living and dead animals and plants.


Flower Horns

Of course, no fish day or competition whatsoever would be complete without the famous Thai Flower Horns. These peculiar looking fishes were judged on the intensity of their colours, the symmetry of their bodies and of course, the size of the humps on their heads.




Siamese Fighting Fish

The Siamese fighting fish, also known as the Betta, is a popular species of freshwater aquarium fish. The name of the genus is derived from “Ikan Bettah”, taken from a local dialect of Malay. The wild ancestors of this fish are native to the rice paddies of Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam and are called Pla-kad (lit. biting fish) in Thai or Trey Krem in Khmer.




Then we came across 2 Albinos, an Albino Red Tailed Catfish and an Albino Red Arowana; 2 awesome fishes, each in their own way. Let’s let the pictures do the talking.

Albino Red Tailed Catfish




Albino Red Arowana




Now let us share some interesting facts about “Albinism” (in layman terms, Albino effect)

Albinism also called Achromia,Achromasia, or Achromatosis is a congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes due to absence or defect of Tyrosinase, a copper-containing enzyme involved in the production of Melanin. Albinism results from inheritance of recessive gene alleles and is known to affect all vertebrates. An organism with complete absence of Melanin is called while an organism with only a diminished amount of melanin is described as Albinoid.


In some animals albinism-like conditions may affect other pigments or pigment-production mechanisms:

  • “Whiteface,” a condition that affects some parrot species, is caused by a lack of Psittacins.
  • Axanthism is a condition common in reptiles and amphibians, in which xanthophore metabolism is affected rather than synthesis of melanin, resulting in reduction or absence of red and yellow pteridine pigments.
  • Leucism differs from albinism in that the melanin is, at least, partially absent but the eyes retain their usual color. Some leucistic animals are white or pale because of chromatophore (pigment cell) defects, and do not lack melanin.
  • Melanism is the direct opposite of albinism. An unusually high level of melanin pigmentation (and sometimes absence of other types of pigment in species that have more than one) results in an appearance darker than non-melanistic specimens from the same genepool.


Short Bodied Fishes

Next in line were a row of 4 special fishes in… these are what we know as “Short Bodied”. Let’s see…


“Short Bodied” Tiger Shovel Nose
“Short Bodied” Peacock Bass
“Short Bodied” Patin

“Short Bodied” Snakehead


Platinum Silver Arowana

This Arowana was what we have all along known as a really rare fish from what we know. But then again, we are Stingray people. Anyway, we just thought this was a really cool fish and wanted to share some pictures, so enjoy!




Stingrays @ Thailand National Ornamental Fish Day


Now moving on to the highlight, Stingrays!!!


There was an array of stingrays when we were walking through the whole exhibition. It seems that the stingray is slowly coming into the fishery industry of Thailand and all over the world.


Stingrays are an elusive freshwater species. Being only 10 to 15 years in the market I am not surprised. Black rays are exotic and hard to find that anyone who had them often heard “WOW” and “Woooh” when others saw them. But in recent years, more and more people are exposed to the Freshwater Stingrays of the world, in particular a few species – Montoro, Pearl Ray, Leopoldi, and Black Diamonds.


At this year’s exhibition, we saw some stingrays and we would like to share some pictures and comments on what we saw.
So let’s enjoy the pictures…




Notice how the spots cover the whole body. This ray exhibits so many spots that there is hardly any more space for another one to fit onto the body of the ray. The rims are nicely formed and spots are evenly spaced out.



And the neighborhood seems to be increasing in value as we move on. This is what we know as a Leopoldi stingray. The classic Black and White colours of this species would allow for it to never die out.


A look at the colours and markings of this beautiful freshwater stingray would show a jet black base colour decorated by white markings. In our opinion, the best of contrast, the ultimate of classics.


Being crazy stingray lovers, we are always fascinated by the different markings of the black ray. They exhibit all kinds of markings and they never seize to amaze. From normal round dots, to super big spots, eccentric markings that resembles letters and symbols and of course the most elusive “Thousand Island” effect.




Last but not least, we would like to share with everyone this special hybrid. The eccentric markings and colour amazed us and it looked so much like a crazy square maze. The light brown markings on contrasting black base seems to go so well together. And as we looked at this stingray, we wondered to ourselves, is this the work of God or did Man create this crazy yet amazing pattern?


Some other stingrays on display… so let’s enjoy the pictures






TopStingray Team

H1 Super Hybrid F2

Friday, October 5th, 2012


TopStingray would like to share with everyone the H1 Super Hybrid F2!!!


It seemed like only yesterday when we announced the arrival of the H1 Super Hybrid F1.


Well, its already been a year and a half ! How time flies when you are doing things you enjoy.


So feast your eyes on the amazing, Super White H1 Super Hybrid F2.


Notice how intense the level of whiteness is. And how grey the skin of the stingray is. This means that this stingray’s development has not yet reached its full potential.


Until now, we do not know how this stingray would turn out to be, but from our experiences with Super Hybrids, all we can say is HELL YEAH!!!


We just want to share with everyone our pride and joy.


So take a good look at the photo and enjoy.






TopStingray Team 




2013 Stock Sneak Preview (Part #2)

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012


Here is another one of the “Super” Black Diamonds we intend to launch next year.


Once again…

  1. Super White Spots
  2. Amazing Number of Spots
  3. Unlimited Development


These are the key trades of next year’s stock.


Enough talk!




We hope everyone enjoys the pictures.




TopStingray Team



2013 Stock Sneak Preview (Part #1)

Saturday, September 29th, 2012


TopStingray has decided to be launching a new range of stock supplies for the year 2013.


These “Super” Black Diamonds will all be guaranteed to be Black and White. They will also hold superior whiteness and health. Attached are some pictures of the upcoming stocks to give everyone an insight of the standard we are talking about.
Notice how the base colour of the stingray is still grey based – meaning there is more room for development. Spots are just simply all over the stingray that it looks more white than black. Note how white the patterns and spots are on the stingray.

So for all those who are looking to get a “Super” looking Black Diamond, please fill out our contact page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.




TopStingray Team




Topstingray @ China

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011



The Topstingray team had an amazing opportunity to visit China this past month to visit some of our friends.



The first day was spent sight seeing and we had the opportunity to explore an enormous fish market. Walking around and looking at the numerous shops and stores, we stumbled upon some Potamotrygon Leopoldi BlackDiamonds that were very high quality.



These beautiful stingrays were attracting a lot of attention from people passing by this shop. Nearly everyone that we saw walking by had to stop and take a good look, can you blame them…?



We met with many of our old friends in the ornamental fish industry while we were in China. We also made new friends, which certainly made this trip to China tremendously enjoyable.



Check out our photos taken on the trip to China @ our Facebook page. Click the link: