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Old 08-17-2005, 04:10 PM   #1
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I have 32 pounds of live rock in my 55 gal tank I am thinking about getting 25 more pounds of live rock. I see you guys live by liverocks.com my question is which rock to order. They both look ok but which one tends to get more bad hitchhikers? My other rock is Fiji and Marshall Island so which one will look ok with my live rock i already have.
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Old 08-17-2005, 04:14 PM   #2
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I would go with the keys rock then. The Gulf is the one that hs more hitchikers.
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The gulf has most of the good/bad hitch hikers, corals, feather dusters, stars etc. The keys is .....uh purple.
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Keys will have some hitchhikers, some possibly 'bad'. Gulf rock has a lot more hitchhikers, so a greater potential for additional 'bad' ones.

and the keys rock is prettier
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So i take the chance of getting a few bad hitchhikers and take the better rock. Which one is better for the rock of a reef aquarium? Whats the worst hitchhiker anybody has gotten from liverocks.com?
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You're going to get a mix of HH no matter which you choose. I liked the Keys better also. "Prettier" rock with fewer total HH.

My wackiest HH was a eunicide worm. 14" when we pulled him from the rock. EEek! I also got 2 cool bristle worms (that proceeded to eat my mushroom and be banned to the sump), some red mythrax crabs (that I gave to a fellow reefer) LOTS of porcelain crabs (these are way good), feather dusters, aptasia (just a few and my peppermint took care of their demise)... Some other miscellaneous stuff. And this wild crab I have now. He's about the size of a golf ball. I can't get a good picture of him since he hides in a cave that is really hard to photograph. He hasn't killed anything yet and I think he's bigger than some of my FISH! My peppermint hangs out in the same cave with him!
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Both types of rock are similar in shape. The keys rock is aquacultured, which is why it ends up prettier, but since it's younger, has fewer HH's.
I ended up with a mantis shrimp (I think, never did find him, just heard him) but he's gone now...probably taken out by one of my HH'ing crabs (mythrax and porcelin came on my keys).

really with almost any rock you have a chance for a mantis. it was my own fault for not doing a hyposalinity dip to flush them out.
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i'd go with the Keys rock. I have 140 lbs of it and the purple color is beautiful


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Old 08-17-2005, 11:49 PM   #9
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Go with the keys rock from liverocks.com, its great. Lots of color! Had a few hitchhikers in mine too. Nothing I couldn't handle. Got a small sea star in it, but haven't seen him in a long time. I remember reading on here about someone that got a small octopus in there rock. But thats very rare. I also remember hearing that the mantis shrimp from the keys are not the bad ones. I wouldn't worry about them. The liverocks.com rocks are shipped wet and you can put them directly into your display tank without additional cureing.
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I would get the keys. Top shelf all the way.
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