Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: East Lansing, MI, USA
I'm guilty of being lazy the other day.
One small one won't cost all that much to raise, but I'd really encourage you to check out a local breeder - which you may find through a Cichlid group or get a link to on a monster fish site. Rays are fragile and hard to raise. Experience comes but it may cost. Since you were concerned about the price and about it eating, that sounds like a wild caught critter. Tank raised will by definition, eat.
Our local ear doctor has a 150 with two rays. Neat, but he has a pro come in to take care of them.