, and a few other acronyms I'd like to add but it would be in poor taste.
-OK, So I've been eyeing some beautiful fiji LR
at my LFS
. I saw them unload the box into the tank last April and it just hasn't sold. It was absolutely gorgeous but pricey at 8.99 per lb. Every visit to the store I would look at all the life on it and just gawk. About two weeks ago they marked it down to 6.99 per lb. I was primed! Perfect, I would pay a little more then internet order but would be getting great rock and not having to worry about dye-off. (2 miles from home). I went in today to buy it and it was DEAD! almost all white. So I asked the guy what happened to it. He first told me it was different rock (which i knew better). So I asked him if he was going change the sign that read "Curing since 4/03
". He says well it's not different rock, it was just pulled out and turned over. TOTAL B.S. There was absolutly no living coraline on it top or bottom. Grrrr!
So after a long story my situation is this. I was set on Fiji, now I will more than likely order online. But I never given much consideration to aquacultured rock. I will probably want 60lbs of live and 40 lbs of base rock. Maybe 50/50. I can probably justify around $300 without being fed to the fish (yes, i'm married). Any suggestions there?
Pros/cons of aquacultured? Dye-off issues with mail order?
Right now I just have sand and water so curing in the tank is fine, I have patience. err, kind of. I will continue setting up my sump/fuge. Also, is there a problem with kicking off my cycle before adding LR
? Meaning is it going to be problem if I add LR
with an ammonia/nitrite spike while balancing my bacteria?
-for answers and patience in reading this.