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Old 02-11-2007, 07:11 PM   #1
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Live rock going through cold climates

hi- on ebay they sell live rock that is shipped to your home, via ups which usually takes around 1-6 days to arrive. i live in buffalo where right now it is around 0 degrees. i know that weather elsewhere isnt much better, given the cold spell we've been enduring, but what sort of effect would going thru these temperatures have upon the rock? see, the rock is shipped from california. it is plain base rock, nothing special. i plan on setting up a nano reef, with like 5-10 pounds of rock. dunno if it would be all right to order now or perhaps wait till this summer when temps are warm, or am i mistaken in thinking that weather and temps affect rock? is there going to be any problems with that or would it be ok cause the rock is out of water anyway? sorry for so many ?s but they all kinda run along the same line. thanks
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If it is base rock then it wont matter. That`s just lifeless dry rock that will house beneficial bacteria once you have it in your tank a few weeks. You`ll be OK no matter what season it is.
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If the rock is "LR" meaning they are taking it out of water to send it to you then yes it will probably have a LOT of die-off. Just a few hours out of the water is enought to kill critters on the rock. If you get this rock you will have to recure it. That isn't so bad especially if you can get a good deal as LR form an LFS can be anywhere from 5.00-15.00 a lb.
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yea, here's the link to the stuff:

http://cgi.ebay.com/CURED-HAWAIIAN-W...QQcmdZViewItem

price is really pretty, but if its just going to die off then how could i make it "alive again"?
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You have to cure it again....it needs light water flow and a skimmer to recure...if you tank isn't set up then you could cure it as part of your cycle....
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It's live base rock, not the dry stuff.

If you order it now you will have lots of die-off, but I don't see why that would be a problem since it's live base rock so it most likely won't have coraline or anything photosynthetic on it and you can just use this rock to cycle your new tank.

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Base Rock no matter where it comes from simply means it is void of coralline algae and bright colors often found on Ultra Premium Rock.
That is straight from the seller on that page. It seems they know what they are doing.
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I would check marcorocks.com, he is in the New England States and has way more pourous rock that that. It is totally base rock. Check out the site and see. I just recently ordered 150Lbs from him and am really happy.
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ok dude. ill give it a look! thanks for all the tips fellow fish lovers!
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