Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 10-21-2013, 03:16 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
TheGrapeApe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 246
Live rock

In looking to add live rock to my aquarium. I've found a few local people trying to sell. What's the difference between dry rock, cured live rock and then the real love rock. Is there a way to tell if it really love rock or cured or dry???
__________________

__________________
TheGrapeApe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 03:24 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Gregcoyote's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Columbia, Missouri
Posts: 8,325
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheGrapeApe View Post
In looking to add live rock to my aquarium. I've found a few local people trying to sell. What's the difference between dry rock, cured live rock and then the real love rock. Is there a way to tell if it really love rock or cured or dry???
You mean live rock? Live rock is porous rock that contains de-nitrifying bacteria colonies. Dry rock is right from the quarry. It is dead and needs to be "cultured." Cured rock is live rock that has been harvested then allowed to cure. The curing process allows die off to happen and for the rock to get stable in its new environment. Both cured and uncurred rock is considered "live."
__________________

__________________
Gregcoyote is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2013, 03:30 PM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
 
Wy Renegade's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 4,714
Live rock is a loose term applied to any rock which has spent time in the ocean and become infiltrated with bacteria and other living organisms. Uncured LR is typically rock taken directly from the ocean and shipped to the buyer directly. It usually has much more life on it than the cured LR, but much of that life will die and add organics to the tank. Dry rock is typically uncured rock taken from the ocean and power washed and allowed to dry out, or is somecases it is dry mined out of areas that used to be in the ocean. It is typically porous rock with no life on it. Depending on the methodology of collection, it may or may not add aorganics to the tank. Cured LR is rock that has been brought out of the ocean placed into the LR tank of an LFS, and all the life that isn't going to survive long term has tied and been cleaned off. The rock is no longer releasing organics into the water.

Frankly I have no idea what really love rock is? I assume you mean Live rock? It should be brownish or purplish in color and should be in saltwater when you view it.
__________________
the Bog

"Listen to some of these guys talk, and it's like they were born from their momma's belly with a fishkeeping encyclopedia in one hand and an API kit in the other" (unrevealed).
Wy Renegade is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.