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Old 10-09-2012, 02:30 PM   #1
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Live rock

I have never purchased rock online and was wondering where I should look? Anyone know of a good place?
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:50 PM   #2
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:16 PM   #3
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What about your LFS? I never bought LR online for the simple fact that I do a mock scape in the store to kinda see what pieces I want.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:42 PM   #4
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My lfs has nothing but crappy rock that they want $ 8-9 a pound for!
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:10 PM   #5
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LR online is quite pricey and rarely arrives cured and ready. Have you thought about using mostly base and then seeding with some LR from your LFS?
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There is inexpensive sterile base rock available for about half that. I would use it and add about 10% cured live rock to seed it all. After a few months the new rock colors up and your patience saved you a lot of money and a lot of die off from live rock that gets shipped.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:27 PM   #7
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I ordered a box of live rock online about 10 years ago and it was well worth it. I don't recommend Florida aqua-cultured live rock.

If it's for a new tank it's fine if it's not cured. The curing process is basically exactly the same as cycling a tank and has the same end result. You get a fully cycled tank with healthy cured live rock. In my opinion the only possible drawback is cost which, to me, is well worth it.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:56 PM   #8
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I also used rock from Fiji almost 20 years ago when I built my existing reef. It was half what it is now and had a lot of die off, which made the cycling that much more extended. Doing it over again now, I would start with sterile rock and seed it. I think the time to a stable tank is maybe a little longer this way, but a lot cheaper and without getting the free loaders that live rock carries. Most of my free loaders were not the friendly kind.
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Premiumaquatics.com is where I ordered mine from and it came in covered in purple coralline and I noticed 2 zoa polyps that have popped out since my purchase.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:52 AM   #10
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I just ended up buying overpriced ugly brown rock from the lfs. And I already had a lot of dried out base rock, was wanting some pretty stuff to color up my tank.
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