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Old 05-14-2007, 08:10 PM   #1
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will live rock grow stuff after time with the right lighting

My live rock I have is really new and not very cool looking. I have the right lighting for a reef tank but keep getting told my puffer is not reef compatable. After time will the live rock change colors or grow fungus or mushrooms or anything even close to resembling a reef like look. I know that at my lfs they have seasoned live rock which is a blueish color. Can anyone shed some light on the subject.( no pun intended)
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Old 05-14-2007, 08:28 PM   #2
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W/ time coralline algae will cover the rock giving it color, usually mostly purple under artificial lighting(assuming you got decent LR w/ some to begin with). Other animals will show up w/ time as well like pods, mini-stars, worms. It can take months though. Many of these animals come out at night, so using a flash light to look may help. Using a red light/light cover prevents them from seeing the light as well, and hiding.
Where is the rock from a LFS or online?
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Old 05-14-2007, 08:38 PM   #3
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the live rock is from a lfs I am sceptical to order live rock from the internet cause you never know what you are going to get??? at least at the lfs you can see it before you buy it but they rarely have a decent selection
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I've found LR from online to have more life than that from many LFS's. FWIW I would not hesitate to recommend LR from a few online sites.

As long as you think it's decent LR and keep water chemistry, etc. inline you should see things pop up w/ some time.
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I throw my 2 pennies in as well.

I got my LR from an online site and it was far better than what the LFS had to offer and like a million dollars cheaper. I have had it for a couple months now and its starting to take color and looks alot better but it does take time.
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You can also mix Base Rock with LR to save even more money. I bought 150Lbs from him and am very pleased.
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will the base rock eventuall become live rock and if so how long does that take and is it pretty much the same rock???
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He's got Fiji and Tonga, the Fiji is very pourous. The more nooks and crannies, the better. Remember "live" means the beneficial bacteria that converts ammonia to nitrAtes. The critters are just a bonus.
It will become live, and coraline will grow on it as well. How long it takes to grow depends on the water chemistry in your tank.
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Remember "live" means the beneficial bacteria that converts ammonia to nitrAtes.


If you are looking for mushrooms and polyps sometimes they are on LR but not all the time. You`ll need to buy some at your LFS to be sure they are in your tank.
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His prices have gone too high for my taste. For only 20-30 more you can get actual LR.
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I disagree. When paying good $$$ for LR you pay not for surface area, but for all the little beneficial critters that come w/ it. Anything else is just bio-media. LR/LS to me means more than just bacteria cultures. You can maintain them w/ simple wet/dry filters used years ago. "Live" means more, in terms of filtration benefits, than just bacteria when talking LR/LS (I'm not talking coral hitchhikers those are a bonus, just the critters/bugs). That is why those bagged LS's are useless. Yes there is bacteria, but there are no pods, worms, mini-stars, etc to eat detritus and move sand to keep it clean. JMO
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