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Old 11-17-2003, 02:16 PM   #11
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always and if ya think about it make sense !! the farm rock is normally only in the ocean for a few years were "real" live rock has been there for mabe 100 years more diverse life for sure !!
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Old 11-17-2003, 02:23 PM   #12
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always and if ya think about it make sense !! the farm rock is normally only in the ocean for a few years were "real" live rock has been there for mabe 100 years more diverse life for sure !!
I think you misread my post. The problem I have seen with most Fiji rock is that it is out of the water way too long to have any kind of hitchhiking life actually survive. The rock I got from liveaquaria.com was out of the water for 2 weeks before I got it (perhaps even longer). But if you were to get it from local rock farmers, they actually go out and collect their rock everyday and then ship it out immediately. This leads to the rock have all kinds of life on it.
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Good point biggen. I was away and could not respond till now. On average the fiji rock is out of the ocean a VERY long time vs the aquaculture rock from FL. If you read some of the comments made by the people who have gotten rock from Liverocks.com I think you will be supprised at the amount of live that they are finding on their rocks when they arrive.

I dont think I have ever seen crabs or shrimp surviving on fiji rock but people who have gotten FL rock have commented about the life they have gotten on the rock including shrimps, crabs, and other assorted inverts.

Each has its own merits but I would not say one is nessicaraly better than the other.
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Intresting, I was thinking about adding some more live rock over time and was looking into the rock from florida, I think I might give it a try after some research into the matter.
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one recommendation I will make is that you check the sponsor forums here and look hard at the rock pictures that have been posted there. Ask those that have bought it what they think. Don't just accept a sales pitch, read recommendations.

I have purchased extensive amounts of fiji and lalo rock. From different sources.
I have recently bought aquacultured rock. Even tho the fiji may be "airier" looking and have more exotic shapes, I am finding that it matters less and less as I cover it all up with corals anyway.

I was immensely pleased with the aquacultured florida rock from liverocks.com.
This is not a plug for them per say, but a comment on the fact that it more than adequately suits my needs and also made me feel a whole lot less guilty buying it.
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Thanks all who have pushed the idea of aquaclutred rock here in this thread. I thinks its important to show there is an alterative to Fiji rock. You can see the pics of the LR on many websites being collected like waltsmith site and other huge wholesaler sites. You see the boxes just sitting out on the beach sundrying....

To add on to the point someone made, yes aquaclutred rock is collect speed boated back to our warehouse and shipped as soon as possible. We strive for minamal holding time for all of our rock so we can save as much life as possible at liverocks.com

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