I don't think that is live rock, that is base rock. That means you will have to buy some live rock to seed the base rock and that can take months. I got 50 pounds for around $250 at my LFS
. Most LFS
will go down to $4.99 a pound when you buy 50 pounds or more of live rock.
The reason why you get free shipping for anything over 30 pounds with "reefrocks" is because the rock is not cured or live therefore there is really no special packaging they need to do. When you buy live rock they put it into a special box which is like a foam cooler and then overnight it to your house. This can cost a lot of money making the rock just as much as if you had bought it from the LFS
, plus the rock is not cured meaning you will have to cure it before putting it in your tank. This would be ok if your starting a new tank as the die off will get your cycle started.
There is really no way around it, I would get 30 pounds of the base rock from "reefrocks" because that is a good price. Most LFS
sale that for $2.99 per pound! I would than get at least 10 or 20 pounds of live rock from the LFS
and use it to seed the base rock. There is no way round buying live rock. It's expensive no matter what. :-/