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Old 11-19-2011, 04:39 PM   #1
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what type of live rock for reef?

I'm starting my reef tank and deciding what type of rock I should get. The mondo rock is amazing looking rock but pricy. Fiji is nice but nearly as much both about 6$ per lb. My question is what would be better for a reef tank? Regardless of the kind I go with ill be getting 22-25 lbs of it then adding 15-20lbs of dry rock.
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Old 11-19-2011, 04:59 PM   #2
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First off, I have a question for you. Are you patient? If so, just get a small amount of live rock and the rest base rock. You could even do it with nothing but base rock. The more live rock you have the quicker you will cycle but it also gets very expensive.

The biggest key to rock is how pourous it is. The more pours it has the more area for the bacteria to grow. Other than that, go for what looks the best in your eyes. After all, it is your tank. Oh, and one last thing.....we expect pictures.
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:09 PM   #3
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Well I love the mondo rock but don't know how great corals will do on it. I'm only a bit patient that's why I'm going half and half. Also because my live rock from my lfs suck and cost 10-17$ per lb and I'm not paying that.
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If you really want to save $ you can diy your base rock then get "live rock show pieces" to cover. That is what I did, made about 100lbs of rock for prob 30 bucks.
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:36 PM   #5
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I can't do DIY things like that I am all about having my tanks as natural as I can and it would drive me crazy to know something was fake. My own personal ocd. Honestly I wish I could deal with fake things but I found out I can't unfortunately for my wallet (and girlfriend)
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Old 11-19-2011, 07:38 PM   #6
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Base rock and such from a lot of companies are man made. Saves a lot of money. So in all reality most rock is "fake"
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Old 11-19-2011, 07:53 PM   #7
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You could try Reef Saver Rocks from BRS, its pretty cheap but it doesnt have any life form in it. its either you seed it or let em cycle on its own. they look pretty good actually.
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Old 11-19-2011, 07:58 PM   #8
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What I would do for looks is get some base rock, make your formation, then cover in beautiful live rock. Corals will grow on any rock.
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:38 AM   #9
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Well I really don't want Fiji rock its kind of ugly imo so I think ill go with 30lbs or mondo rock it cost a bit more but I think it would be worth it. I just don't like the idea that the dry rock will never match it quite right. My lfs sells Marco dry rock for 2.60$ per lb and I'm thinking when I upgrade my tank ill go with dry rock and just use the 30lbs of live rock to seed it.
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That sounds good! I'm not much of a fiji person either. It's nothing special.
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