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Old 09-21-2004, 07:08 PM   #1
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Keys Rock or Gulf Rock....that is the question

Gonna buy some from LR.COM for the first time since everybody loves it on here. From the pictures on their site I actually like the look of the gulf rock better but it seems most prefer the Keys rock which costs more as well. For some reason I have this idea in my head that if it costs more its better. I know dumb idea. Anybody have any preferences and why?
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Old 09-21-2004, 07:22 PM   #2
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Well I have Keys and Gulf from liverocks.com. I personally like the Gulf rock better! In my tank, you couldnt tell the difference between the two unless someone told you which was which, also there was so much more life on the gulf rock. I would recommend getting the gulf rock and maybe add some keys rock later. How many pounds are you planning on getting?
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I have the same dilemma, I just PM'ed Zack asking his opinion. I am thinking of getting, Gulf, Keys, and Coral to get more diversity.
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Old 09-22-2004, 11:29 AM   #5
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I'd say Keys. My keys rock came with plenty of life, and it' was coated in coralline.
In 40lbs of LR I got something like 6-8 brittle stars alone!
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Old 09-22-2004, 11:39 AM   #6
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All I can tell you is what I'm planning to do in my 90 gal. I'm going to get equal amounts of each (Gulf and Keys) and have two separate reefs. I think I might call my two reefs "Gulf Reef" and "Keys Reef". I'm so original! From all I've read here, diversity is a good thing.
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Old 09-22-2004, 11:51 AM   #7
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The Gulf rock would also be my choice for the first order. If you want cheap Gulf rock, I could go to the Port Aransas Jetties and dig up some. I may actually do that for my large tank. that would mean I'd have to go diving and collecting. Oh no...twist my arm a little...
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I purchased mine 50/50. worked out great.
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Old 09-22-2004, 02:41 PM   #9
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Thanks everybody I guess I will do 30lbs of each to get started and see how it goes. This is my first try at SW, did months of reading, research, and lurking on here (Great site by the way but I guess you already know that). Purchased a 75gal bowfront (Yup I know I will need more than 60lbs of LR but figure it will be a good start) this week taking it slow and one step at a time, no big rush which goes against the grain of my personality i.e. instant gratification...but I can see patience is a virtue in this hobby.
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as long as you fully cure future LR purchases, you can start with 60lbs in that 75, and just stock lightly until you have all the LR.

and FYI the LR.com rocks typically come fully cured, and put off little to no ammonia, so if you purchased more from them later on, you could add it to the main tank after curing it a few days (mainly as a precaution)
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