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Old 02-02-2014, 04:53 PM   #1
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Home made live rock?

I am wondering if anyone here has tried making their own live rock. How did it work out? How well does it get colonized by life forms? Pictures would be appreciated.
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Old 02-03-2014, 02:25 PM   #2
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I haven't tried it myself yet just due to the really long curing time. A local reefer has been doing it for years. Sometimes entire rock scapes for new tanks. Functions just like other rock. Can be more porus but also more brittle if not done right.
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Old 02-03-2014, 05:30 PM   #3
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I have dead rocks that I introduced there's 3 weeks. They start to have a "marine smell" like oyster smell. They start to color brown too, I just think it's some diatoms growing on it...

I'll see in few month what it does...
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Didn't do my own, but purchased man-made rock. They have colonized and colored up as well as any natural rock I have in my system.
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Old 02-03-2014, 05:38 PM   #5
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I just think my rocks will end with a purple color, as coraline just start to spread anywhere...
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Old 02-03-2014, 06:49 PM   #6
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If you ever looked at the live rock at petco they told me it is all man made
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Old 02-03-2014, 07:17 PM   #7
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The stuff at mine usually looks like lava rock.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:00 PM   #8
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I know so did mine I'm just say what the guy told me. He probably didn't even know lol
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I start with quarried rock, then seed it with some live rocks. I keep a batch going all the time as I use them as sacrificial rocks I grow encrusting corals on. Easy Peasy.
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:43 AM   #10
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Yeah I did I went to like a construction and got a bunch of rocks then stuck it in my pool for a day so the chlorine can kill bacteria and stuff the put it in fresh water for a day and then in my tank once the cycle gets going it will basically be live rock
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