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Old 11-11-2009, 04:13 PM   #11
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Usually people get rubble from taking chunks of live rock, wrapping a towel around it and busting it up with a hammer or rubber mallet. Sometimes when you get rock, small pieces will break off during shipping/transportation. You could go to your lfs and ask if they can sell you some if the have any, or you can take base rock and bust it with a hammer or rubber mallet as stated above but remember to wrap the towel around it to keep it from flying everywhere and hitting you. The base rock rubble will eventually become live rock rubble.
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When you break a live rock the seem to smell to me and it isn't a good smell. Most of the smaller LFS have rubble cheaper than LR in my area.

Your tank is looking good.
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Thanks!

Ok, so I have had the live rock in there about a week now. And here are the things I have identified.... (65 gallon tank, 60 lbs live rock)

2 patches of button polyps are growing.
A few feather dusters
Many Amphipods
Maybe some sponge
Maybe 1 barnacle

I just noticed a bunch of Asterina Stars all over my live rock. They were not there yesterday. I heard they can be bad?

I think I may have some Mini Brittle Stars I see little striped worm like things sticking out of the rock.

Is this amount of activity normal? Or did I get lucky. I'm sure this is elementary to most people, but to me it is all new and exciting.
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You are on the lucky side with the amount of hitchhikers you are talking about. Here is a link so you can id the good and the bad guys:
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yeah, you are pretty lucky with the number of hitchhikers. Depending on the asterina stars, they are usually harmless. I wasn't sure about some of mine, but the ones I have seem to be common in people's tanks and no troubles reported.
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