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Old 04-16-2006, 09:03 PM   #1
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Is this LR Good?

I just bought some LR from the LFS for my very first time

I have NO idea if it's good or not, I tried to pick the ones with the most green on them.. which seemed to be right under the HOB filter.. here is a pic. It's probably hard to tell.. but does it look any good? And what do I have to look for when I pick it?
The guy said it's from Fij.
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Old 04-17-2006, 01:45 AM   #2
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never seen LR like that before. I'm surprised it doesn't have any purple coraline growth on it. It almost looks like base rock. What was the pound price?
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Old 04-17-2006, 02:02 AM   #3
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shucks.. I knew there was somethin wrong with this rock...
everyone who says they got live rock has purple stuff.. this just has a little bit of green slimy stuff...

it was $7 canadian per pound.. maybe I'll return it and smack the guy a little bit for lieing to me it's live rock..
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It does look like base rock. I think you got shifted... Take it back and slap him, good plan.
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For the same price you can order online and pay shipping and maybe be cheaper. But you`ll have to cure it first. That`s the only good thing about buying from LFS is that it is already cured.
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Old 04-17-2006, 11:12 AM   #6
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Actually to me it looks like most lr I’ve seen offered in most lfs. “live” is a relative term and some lfs will buy in bulk and ship in quality lr to sell at a slight profit most others will buy “aquacultured” lr which essentially is base rock that has been dumped into the ocean for a year or two and re-harvested and sold as lr which has limited growth on it.

This rock has very little life compared to better quality lr you can find online. Still for $7 Canadian it’s about the going rate in most lfs and shipping would kill you if you ordered online.

The rock is still very much “live” as far as bacteria goes and as melosu58 said it shouldn’t need curing if it’s been sitting in your lfs for the last couple of months.
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Old 04-17-2006, 11:34 AM   #7
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Looks like LR too me... Not all rock has coraline on it when you buy it. The bacteria is the big thing so you don't have to cure it. Coraline will grow over time if you keep the tank parameters right.
When I set up my 125 all my rock was gray and it was shipped in from fla.. Over time the CA grew..
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well, I hope it's enough to start my cycle..

about how long does it take for ammonia levels te begin usually, after LR or shrimp is put in?
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Looks like typical local fish store "live rock", I suggest to order online, you can get higher quality and even have it delivered via airport freight to save a ton on shipping vs Fedex (yes even to Canada)

Figure at least 8 weeks to cycle your tank
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If the lr is cured then you will have to add an nh3 source (shrimp) to get it started. You should start to detect nh3 anywhere from 3-5 days from adding usually. One cocktail sized shrimp should be good for your 30 gal.

The main reason I would add a shrimp is because even if the rock does have bacteria it would be sparse if the lfs didn’t keep an nh3 source with it and it’s better to be on the safe side and build it up slowly by cycling with the shrimp before adding clean up crew/ fish.
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