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Old 09-02-2003, 12:06 AM   #1
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Where to find good base rock.

Sorry all, meant to tack this on to my last post, but I forgot because I'm special like that. Does anyone know where I can find good inexpensive base rock? Online stores are fine, and if anyone knows of any in MI then that'll work also. I can't justify spending a lot of money on some rocks when I could use it to help my to-be inhabitants in other aspects of the tsnk. I had a site where I could get 50lbs. for $75 (shipping included) but I lost it. So, any help would be greatly appreciated!

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I think some of our members have goten rock from hirocks.com
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On a similar note, is there a specific type of LR that we should be putting in our tanks, or does just the porosity matter?
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Old 09-02-2003, 03:47 PM   #4
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I've purchased base rock from Hirocks for fragging - FWIW, it's very dense (not at all porous) and heavy. I don't think it's *bad*, but I wouldn't use it for all the base rock in my tank.

I've also heard good things about www.reeferrocks.com (no personal experience).

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On a similar note, is there a specific type of LR that we should be putting in our tanks, or does just the porosity matter?
When you say "LR" - I'm assuming you are including only rock that comes from the ocean? If not, I wouldn't use most "land" rocks, unless you have a source for a type of rock that is porous, and also absolutely free of contamination, and traces of heavy metals. As far as true "LR" goes - ppl like different kinds for different reasons --

Fiji - heavy coraline encrustation, economical
Marshall Island - Beautiful shapes/formations
Aquacultured - Abundance of life, minimal to zero impact to natural reefs.

There are others, but those are the "big three".

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Old 09-02-2003, 03:57 PM   #5
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Actually, myabe my experience may be different from ReefLady regarding Hirocks. I just got a shipment of 120Lbs. of base rock form them and they are gorgeous. Very porous, lots of little nooks and crannier and some with caves in them even. I guess YMMV in dealing with them. I am very pleased with what they sent, encrused with calcerous specimens - shells etc. Very nice stuff. You may want to check e-bay under hi-rocks. This is what I did. I bid for it there and won it paying less than if I purchased it from their website. Good luck. 8)
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Oh, I meant dry rock. Why couldn't you use "lava rock"?
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Old 09-03-2003, 01:24 PM   #7
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just another thought,

My LFS sells this tan coloured rock that is very porous. If I wanted to use that for dry rock, what would I have to check? Does it need to be a certain material or just contaminant free?
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You want to be sure that the rock is calcium based and contaminant free and designed for marine aquarium use. Just inquire about where it came from. 8)
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My experience was a little different than reeflady as well, but I bought rock from them more than once and one shipment was definitely better than the other....I would recommend it for baserock to anyone, with no problems.
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Interesting info. about Hirocks, Sam & Hara -- I'll have to give them another chance sometime!
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