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Old 08-02-2004, 09:53 PM   #1
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live rocks/sand

I was thinking about getting live sand from liverocks.com but they don't sell it anymore. I was mostly just interested in seeing what kind of stuff would come (and survive the trip) from the ocean.

Has anyone bought sand from them? Was there anything interesting in it? Are there other places that sell this type of sand as well?

On a [un]related noted ... has anyone bought anything from floridaliverock.com? Any other interesting places that have nice live rock?

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Old 08-03-2004, 12:22 AM   #2
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I have got LR from LR.com and floridaliverock.com aka gulfview(their old name). The rock from floridaliverock looked better but had some clams(turkey wings) that did not make the trip. I ended up with some serious die off. I think I got LS from them too. Sand was nice and saw a few critters but nothing special. I like the Southdown sand better once seeded. Looks nicer.

LR.com has excellent rock and is well liked. I added their rock straight to my display and had little to no ammonia spike. Color was not as nice as gulfview though. I asked for no clams though. They are both FL rock and I have seen stunning pics of LR.coms rock so I know there is better than what I got.

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i got LR and LS from lr.com

Between the rock and the sand i got a few different types of snails, star fish, a pencil urchin, a ton of worms, pods, and, unfortunately, some crabs.

There was absolutely a ton of life on the rock as well as in the sand. The rock also has a ton of color to it. I highly recommend the...if they don't sell the LS anymore thats too bad because i loved it
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LS is more about having the healthy bacteria, than live critters. if you want critters get live rock. LR.com's keys rock has some critters...they told me their gulf rock has more, but they seem to keep less of it on hand, because there's less demand. everyone prefers the color of the keys rock
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Old 08-03-2004, 02:18 PM   #5
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I actually already have some of rcok from liverocks.com -- I bought some of their coral rock about 2 mos ago.

I was looking at wetwebmedia's faqs last night and ran across some articles on florida rock that I hadn't seen before. According to the faqs florida/atlantic rock isn't great for sw aquariums (unless its altlantic biotype) due to its density. Its nice rock but based on this I'm rethinking my plans to buy more...

Any thoughts?
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Old 08-03-2004, 02:56 PM   #6
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I bought some Walt Smith collected Fiji LR and am very pleased with it. There was some (black) die off, but there is still lots excellent growth. It even had a Fiji Times newspaper inside the box of LR! LOL! So far, 4 days later, I have had no amonia spike and the LR is looking better by the day! I bought black LS (was really black and white) and the brand was Aragalive. The bag had an expiration date on it that was about 8 months away. I haven't had any abnormal readings from my tank and I used 1 20lb bag mixed with 3 20lb bags of (beautiful!) Tahitian Moon black sand.
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Doesn't the black sand mess up your pH?
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tahitian moon sand doesn't affect pH..it's inert so it doesn't buffer.
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I was looking at wetwebmedia's faqs last night and ran across some articles on florida rock that I hadn't seen before. According to the faqs florida/atlantic rock isn't great for sw aquariums (unless its altlantic biotype) due to its density. Its nice rock but based on this I'm rethinking my plans to buy more...
I don't understand how it can be bad becuase of its density. I will read more on this article and get back to you. Our rock is a little bit (not much at all) denser then fiji, buthas 1 the life that will make it to your aquarium.
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I was looking at wetwebmedia's faqs last night and ran across some articles on florida rock that I hadn't seen before. According to the faqs florida/atlantic rock isn't great for sw aquariums (unless its altlantic biotype) due to its density. Its nice rock but based on this I'm rethinking my plans to buy more...
I don't understand how it can be bad becuase of its density. I will read more on this article and get back to you. Our rock is a little bit (not much at all) denser then fiji, buthas 1 the life that will make it to your aquarium.
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