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Old 01-28-2013, 05:49 PM   #11
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They call it live rock, but trust me, that stuff is most likely drop shipped. Rock is shipped from Indo or Africa, or wherever, in large containers. It takes days, and sometimes weeks before it gets to your LFS. It is not submerged in water, it's merely wrapped in some damp newspaper.
What is the difference between this and dry rock? There is dead stuff on this rock. If the difference is dead stuff, then why is it called "live" rock in the first place?
How they ship it to you is of no consequence. The small amount of creatures that make it to your aquarium were against all odds. The ratio of living creatures making it V.S. the ones that didn't, is amazing. Some times there's nothing living on the rock but spores.

The same goes for live sand. It's just a way to market the sand. There is nothing live on that sand when you pull it off the shelf and put it in your tank. It's not like the sand is aerated and heated in water until you get it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:00 PM   #12
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Agreed. :-p
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I bought this stuff It had Bristol worms and pods in it
it had water in it but was at room temp
I was amazed how much life was in the sand
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:10 PM   #14
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Impossible. The worms and pods you saw would have suffocated long before you got that sand in your tank. They were from another source.
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I cant see how since that's all that's in the tank
I haven't added live rock yet its still downstairs in the 55 gal tub
this is a brand new filter the tank is also new
here's a pict of pods on filter pad
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Are they alive?
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yes they squirm around
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Well, that's amazing. Last I checked, they don't even have an expiration date on those bags. You must have gotten a very fresh package.
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I just know I can't complain
I know my first tank never had so much life like this
guess seconds the charm lol
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:59 PM   #20
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I agree with Mr X, all rock is dead. Save the money and buy a nice looking base rock. Add some Dr Tim's one and only and ammonia (follow directions)and in a week you'll be able to add your clean up crew.
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