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Old 06-02-2013, 06:36 PM   #1
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Reef Key Largo Rock

Does this rock make a good base rock for a saltwater reef? Any body use it before?
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:45 AM   #2
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Either "Key Largo" rock from MarcoRocks or "Reef Saver" from BRS, and there are other sources, are perfect base rock. Becomes great live rock with time.

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It's limestone. It's fine for a reef.
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I have seen this before and I was wondering why do you new base rock?
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:38 PM   #5
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I'm assuming you mean "need". The term "base" rock was meant for rock that has very little character- dense, boulder type pieces with very little nooks and crannies that you would make a base out of, and then cover with the more porous pieces that have more character.

The idea is that you would make a mound and then hand pick pieces you really like the look of and put them on top.
Now people are using that term for rock that's dry.

I would not consider this rock "base" rock because it looks nice enough to be on top of the pile, covered in coral.
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:47 PM   #6
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Oh ok that's not what I was talking about.. Haha I have seen people put like limestone under the sand bed.. What is that for?
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Probably to save money on sand. Limestone is calcium based, so it's reef safe.
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Probably to save money on sand. Limestone is calcium based, so it's reef safe.
Don't you also think that limestone, or aragonite adds buffering to the system?
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Sure, but having live rock and aragonite sand in the tank already, I wouldn't think it would change things much to add more limestone. Plus, it's quite dense. I don't see the limestone that I'm used to, breaking down in salt water as easily as ocean rock or calcium based sand/crushed coral.
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Sure, but having live rock and aragonite sand in the tank already, I wouldn't think it would change things much to add more limestone. Plus, it's quite dense. I don't see the limestone that I'm used to, breaking down in salt water as easily as ocean rock or calcium based sand/crushed coral.
+1 on that. But the reef is where almost all limestone comes from. It won't go into solution anyways. It takes fatally low ph to start that process.
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