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Old 09-27-2004, 05:51 AM   #1
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when to put in live rock...

when setting up a new aquarium, when should i put in the live rock? for a new setup, do i still need to cure the LR or do i place it directly into the tank?
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Old 09-27-2004, 06:14 AM   #2
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If the tank is fresh and uncycled, you can put the rock in immediately. It will carry some bacteria to start off your filters and any die-off from the rock will provide bio-load to cycle the tank. If the tank is cycled and contains livestock, you'll need to cure the rock before putting it in.
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Old 09-27-2004, 07:51 AM   #3
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Use it to cycle the tank.

Where are you getting it from?
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Old 09-27-2004, 02:25 PM   #4
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i haven't decided where to get the LR yet. i know a lot of people on this forum go to LR.com, however, i was thinking about somewhere on the west coast since i live in hawaii and the transit time would be shorter. any suggestions for west coast vendors? i was thinking about using MarineDepotLive.com.

since i live the pacific, i have decided to go with fiji premium and harvest some of the fish myself. i can legally harvest 1gal (yes, gal not pounds) of LS per day, however, harvesting LR in hawaii is illegal (actually, removing LR with an implement is illegal, i can grab rubble).
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Old 09-27-2004, 03:15 PM   #5
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I have never heard of aquaculture facilities on the west coast. If you fiji rock its going to be in trasport for a signifcant amount of time as compaired to the FL aquaculture rock reguardless if it has to get to HI or not.
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Old 09-27-2004, 04:14 PM   #6
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you may be right about aquacultured live rock, however, i am interested in premium fiji LR.

actually, i have found a couple of vendors that ship fiji LR on the west coast. the rocks are flown in from fiji to a facility 1 mile from the LA airport then shipped from that facility upon ordering. they get daily shipments from fiji. the rocks need to be ordered a week in advance. standard shipping is 2nd day air, however, i would probably pay the higher cost for next day.

here is a url from one of the vendors... http://www.marinedepotlive.com/lrs.html
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You might take a look at aquaticdepot.com too. They are right next to LAX. I just went there in person and bought Fiji LR last week. Since I went in person I was able to hand pick my pieces for $3.99 a pound but it was a sale so I dont know how long it will last. Pretty good stuff. Its Walt Smith Fiji LR which I am told is the best but I really dont know. They are very friendly and helpful so far... after2 visits. They also have live sand for $.99 a pound. GL
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Oops its actually aquaticoutlet.com
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Mr. Crabs,

Thanks. i went to the site, however, i am not sure if they ship. i sent an email to them to ask about shipping.
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It does not mater if they get fiji rock every day. The fiji rock will have been collected days before its shipped and often basks on the boat and beach for the better part of a day before its taken to a holding facility and then its boxed and sent to customs to be cleared before its transported to the west coast where it would then have to turn around and go back to HI.

Im not saying one is better than the other just want you to be aware that the presumption that fiji rock will be 'fresher' than FL rock isnt exactly correct.
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