I got my LR
last Thursday. I was extremely impressed with the rock. Had purple, green, red, and pink coralline algae all over it.
I don't think it is transhipped though. The return label on the box was not an out of country address. I can't quite remember where it came from and I have since thrown the box away however. supposedly, there ARE supposed to hand pick the rock. At least that is what they claim on their site and in there magazine. whether this happens or not is a different story. But I was still impressed. I bought it when they had a sale on it. The 45# I bought for $99 + $60 shipping (had it shipped overnight).
As far as I can tell, my tank has already cycled. Yeah, I know, it has only been one week and a day. But apparently my ammonia spiked within two days of putting the rock it (which was last Sat) and nitrite spiked along with it. Since then, I have had zero traces of ammonia, zero traces of nitrite, and about 20 ppm
nitrate. I have confirmed this with another test kit as well. Because of this I started feeding the tank a few sinking pellets a day to help feed along the bacteria until I get some livestock in there...