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Old 01-15-2012, 10:32 PM   #1
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Live rock?

Well, I have been lurking for about a year.

After about 5 yrs of our fresh water tank, I am finally going saltwater!
Will be getting a 41gallon fluval 155

I am looking for live rock... Have been checking locally & online.
Does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations?

Can you mix different types of rock? Do I need 100% live rock, or can I do a small portion of dry rock?
Any Info would be appreciated
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:44 PM   #2
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Hi there, and welcome to the salty side of life!

Live rock online isn't really worth it. It's pricey, and you're going to get a lot of dieoff in transport. You don't need any live rock. Base rock will all become live while your tank cycles etc. Ideally, a few pounds of live rock from your LFS will help to seed your tank and speed up your cycle. Or you can do 100% base rock. It's really not that big an issue.

I like setting up a tank with mostly base rock and a bit of live rock.
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:16 PM   #3
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Thanks for the input.
Hmm, ok, we'll, I do want to jump start it and go full reef, some of the fish we have chosen need lots of hiding spaces, so I don't want to add rock later & disrupt anything.
Bummer on the die off
Locally live rock is $7 per lb. & up. I found Live rock ranch & it would be half the cost than local. & shipping is free FedEx.
It is Florida keys rock... Just wondered about getting some of it, possibly some nice fiji rock too, if I can mix?

I have also heard mixed info on the amount of rock. 1lb per gallon? Some have said that's not necassary?
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:19 PM   #4
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You can do 1lb-1.5lb per gallon. This is for wet rock. If dry, i'd get a bit less. you can mix the rock no problem...it doesn't matter. Ouch, local live rock for $7/lb. Either way, it's still going to be better than getting is shipped. A lot of BB will dieoff in the shipment.
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You can also check local forums and craigslist for people downsizing or getting out of the hobby. I try to go for about a 1 or 2 per gallon depending on the rock.
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:27 PM   #6
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Yeah, been checking on CL...not much luck, mostly people wanting to sell whole tanks...or tanks that have already been apart awhile. Did find one guy, but he is so far & the price of gas... Would be easier to get the $7 from the LFS
Good to know on the lbs per gallon... Thanks for the confirmation on that guys
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I am a cheap gal! The local pet store might come down on price! Live rock was 5.99 everywhere else so they price matched . Might try that.
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:25 PM   #8
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Just figured out your user name...Jenni8675309. Nice!
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:50 PM   #9
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Lol Rick!
I used to work with a guy that would always sing it to me when my food order was ready to pick up
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:55 PM   #10
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I bought 45 lbs of live rock from Liveaquaria on sale for $99.99 (not including shipping, which was about $60).
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