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Old 10-28-2006, 11:51 PM   #1
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how much do you pay for live rock?

i know they're a bunch of choices (carribean LR, Fiji LR...) but if you could state what you have, and how much it cost you, share it. i know i've seen unmarked cured LR at the LFS for $4.99/lb

as some of you know, i plan on starting a marine tank eventually, and would apprecate any replies
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Old 10-29-2006, 01:46 AM   #2
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LR varies greatly depending on location. Where I am (Boston) LR is about $7.50 to $10.00 per lb.

If I could start over I would go with dry base and a few pounds of LR to seed, or half and half. Some of the dryrock is great as far as shape and being pourus and cheaper plus being able to take you time to shape it how you want.
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I bought my liverock (which is Florida Aquacultured rock, before Katrina wiped it all out) for $7.99/lb. Today, my LFS carries Tonga and Fiji rock for $9.99/lb.
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I am going with 150LBs of base and about 100Lbs of LR. My LFS sells cured LR for $8.99/Lbs. I have seen it around here for up to $12.99!
I am planning on ordering my base from here:
http://www.marcorocks.com/
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so base rock is just as good as LR?

how much cheaper is base?
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Base rock is just rock that not in water. It should be a porous rock so that bacteria can grow in it. Once the base rock is in water and there is a source of nitrogen bacteria starts to grow and walla its lr. You can use all base rock and start your cycle, you won't be writing about how quick your cycle went. and it will take longer for algae to establish itself in the tank. will come in on snail shells and hermit crabs but it will grow. Question is how quickly do you want that color and how much are you willing to pay for it.
Me I bought 1 piece of live rock gave me something to look at. Then added base rock then went to making my own rock because its even cheaper and you can customize it.
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Oh forgot to answer your question br is about $2/lb. That why lfs prefer to sell lr. Drop it in there tank for a couple of weeks and price triples.
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Most people use BR and LR as it will be cheaper and you`ll reap the benefits of little critters in your tank. I wish I knew about BR when I started my tank. 200 lbs X 8.99 a lb = Shock
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here in australia LR is between $10-$14 a kilo... not sure what that works out at
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