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Old 06-10-2010, 05:38 PM   #1
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Is live rock a must?

Salt water fish only. Is the live rock a must? My local vender won't let ME choose the chunks, and they always bring out the heaviest most dense they can find!
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No it isn't but it's worth the price. Go ahead and find another vender. I'm sure in california there are plenty of SW fish stores. I just love slipping on those huge rubber gloves and go digging around in and LFS' lr vats.
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my lfs tries to do what with me. heck with the gloves, i'll put my arm in there with those 4 starving damsels to get the pieces that I want !! the owner gets alittle irritated, but when I ask for pourous rock please don't try to get me "live" lace rock.
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Worth the price in that it looks good? I've seen mushrooms come back after supposedly being cured. Funny you should mention Ca. having lots of fish stores. Nearest live lobster is a 50 minute drive. Just found that out yesterday.

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Mushrooms or aptasia ? If your talking about the anemone looking thingys that are a brownish color, they'll come whenever they want. Mushrooms should come back if the rock is cured.
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There wre mushrooms... &*^#$ things reproduced like rabits.

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What color mushrooms? Depending on the type you can make a pretty penny for fragged shrooms.
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Live rock is the basis of the filtration in a SW system. If you don't want to pay the prices that your LFS is quoting you look online. There are a lot of vendors out there. Any LFS that wont let you select the rock you want is not worth doing business with at least on the rock. I have been out of touch in the hobby for a while but Marcorocks.com was a great place to get excellent rock. I ordered from him and was happy with my purchase. There are vendors on this site that offer rock. Check them out.
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125 gallon tank. How much rock?
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1lb to 1-1/2 lb per gallon is whats recommended
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