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Old 11-11-2003, 11:55 PM   #1
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Rock question

Ok, so I have my 46 gal set up and went to the lfs for some rock. All I can say is you gotta be kidding. $20 bux for a rock that won't weigh in at 4 lbs. Now I have a dumb question, Why can't I just go get my own? I mean I got family that lives on the coast and I'm going to go see them next weekend, why can't I go to the beach and pick up some driftwood and rocks in the ocean? If there is nothing wrong with this I may pick up some to sell, Shoot 20 buxs a rock ok, I'll go search the beach for rocks that I can sell for 5 bux . I'm new to this so I don't know if there is something special about these rocks or not. Anybody got some input on this.
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Old 11-12-2003, 12:14 AM   #2
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I am fairly sure it is illeagal. This is a very expensive hobby!!
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Old 11-12-2003, 12:19 AM   #3
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Rock you pick up on the beach is not LR and might look nice but will not filter your water. You would have to go out to a reef to get the rock and yes that is illegal.

You could always go to FL and visit some of the great LR sellers down there (Liverocks.com) and get it for as little as $1.79 / lb
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you really need to do some reading
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Old 11-12-2003, 12:23 AM   #5
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Why is it illegal? If it is how does anybody get any driftwood?
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Old 11-12-2003, 12:27 AM   #6
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collecting LR is illegal. Don't know about driftwood ... sorry. Thougt you were talking about LR.

Most people would be leary of just picking something off the beach and putting it in there tank. Some FL beaches are not very clean.

I don't know the particulars of the laws there so I won't say anymore.

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Old 11-12-2003, 12:35 AM   #8
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Ok, I was talking about some rocks off the beach, I don't scuba and had a pretty nasty scare when I was young so I don't go out into the ocean, except for maybe mid calf deep. So unless I can get lr there I guess I'll be ok.
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Old 11-12-2003, 03:03 AM   #9
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is this tank going to be a reef tank or even a saltwater tank. can you discribe it a little more. because if it is going to employ live rock as a filter the reason why you pay for the liverock is because the microscopic critters that are on the rocks is what will filter your tank. that is why it is called live rock. now if you don't want to pay this hefty price you have a few options. one not to be to harsh but reconsider this hobby because this is VERY expensive and nothing comes cheaply. two buy the rock in a large quantity at once and tank advantage of the discount. or three buy one or two small rocks then go onto ebay and buy some base rock for about $2 a lb and let the small rocks that you bought seed the new base rock. this method however will take a few months before the base rock becomes LIVE rock but no the less it will become live after a while. i hope i answered your question correctly and i do suggest strongly that you do a little more research as to what type of system you plan to set up and also what costs that may include. i know there have been many times where i have considered this hobby to be much the same as placing your money in a hole and burning it. but then i look at my tank and i quickly forget about costs and just enjoy! :P so good luck in whatever you decide.
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...buy the rock in a large quantity at once and tank advantage of the discount....
Said like a true aquarist!

To be serious, kribbs, you brought out some great points.
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