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Old 10-07-2003, 12:35 PM   #1
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live rock shipment - what to expect - update

Hi, I just ordered my first LR shipment from liveaquaria.com. It is going to be shipped 2 day and should be here thursday based on their website. They say they will e-mail me when shipped.

The shipper is fedex. If you have a signature on file, do they still require a signature when dropped off? I was not sure if I have to take a full day off and can get away with just a half day. I have never got shipments before 12:00 previously on dry goods.

What should I expect in the box?

just wondering ...
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Old 10-07-2003, 12:42 PM   #2
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If you have a signature on file, do they still require a signature when dropped off?
Good question. I would assume so because liveaquaria.com will probably give you any kind of guarantee if the products isn't signed for.

FYI, I ordered 45# of their LR about a month ago. It was absolutely beautiful. Really nice rock especially for the price. Only had to pay $99.99 + shipping for it!!

It will probably stink a little bit and have some gnats on it, but it will be fine. Go ahead and make up some SW so that you can dunk and clean it in that. You can use the tank water you take out of the tank as well, but the problem with that is that if you take too much out, you are out of luck unless you have some already made.

It only took my tank 4 days to completely cycle with the rock. I couldn't believe how fast it went. I also did 25% water changes every other day for those first 5 days to keep the ammonia from getting too high.

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Go ahead and make up some SW so that you can dunk and clean it in that.
Although I've never had a problem with pests on fiji rock...a trick to rid yourself of mantis and unwanted hitchiker crabs, is to mix the dunking SW with Carbonated water, instead of regular water. The fizzing drives them nuts and they abandon the rock almost immediately trying to escape it. You can have another bucket of RO mixed SW to redunk in.
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Old 10-07-2003, 01:51 PM   #4
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Sounds great. I am excited now

I know the website said the live guarantee was only available if it was delivered on the first attempt. Not sure what kind of "live" guarantee there is on the live rock though. I just wonder if Fedex will leave it at the door if I am not there.

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Although I've never had a problem with pests on fiji rock...a trick to rid yourself of mantis and unwanted hitchiker crabs, is to mix the dunking SW with Carbonated water, instead of regular water. The fizzing drives them nuts and they abandon the rock almost immediately trying to escape it. You can have another bucket of RO mixed SW to redunk in.
Great idea. Anything that might come off that I might want to keep? My tank has not fully cycled yet so even if I saved something, I wonder if it would survive anyway. The nasty creatures are probably the most hearty though?
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As a side note/question which may help elli; I have heard things ranging from hypo-salinity to hyper salinity dunks to remove critters and then decide which to keep. So is there a benifit from dunking LR in fresh RO water over higher SG water like 1.030 or higher? Also if carbonated water works well what type of water to carbonated ratio should you use say in a 5 gal bucket?

I guess i could make it easier by asking what is the best method of removing critters from LR before placing in the tank? Safest method if you decided to keep some of the critters?
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I have to tell ya, I doubt you will find any life on those rocks whatsoever except for the coralline algae. Liveaquaria.com uses a unique method to keep those rocks "alive". The basically sit them of shelves and keep them spray misted with sea water. Much like the grocery stores sprays their produce to keep it fresh. That drives most of the life off.

I think my next batch of LR will have to be uncured. That way I can at least get some life...
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premium aquatics has a good deal on uncured which I thought about doing. Might have been a bit cheaper. I thought for the first time, it would be easier with this stuff. Shipping for me at premium aquatics would have been dirt cheap since I am in the same state.
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I HIGHLY doubt you will find any undesirables on the fiji rock. By the time the rock gets to you it will have been out of the water much longer than the FL aquaculture rock.

We have a great article about how to cure the rock in our articles area. I mention this because reguarless of what liveaquaria said about yoru rock and its level of being cured it should be classifed as uncured when you get it.

FedEx, I have a leave at my door policy with fedex. One time they tried to deliver a package (unlrelated to SW) to me and attempted 3X in 3 days to deliver but would not leave the package. The final time they put a notice that was basicly a note saying that if I wanted to sign some release form the would then be allowed to leave the package with no signauture. Now any package delivered to me at the house either gets left at the door or if I am there to take the package I never am asked to sign for it including the boxes that say "must have an adult signature".

What will be in the box? Well it will bascily be a box that is either lined internaly with a waxy covering or it will be a regular box and have a styrofoam box inside it. The rock will be in the box and it will be covered with wet newspapers.

I would mix up the saltwater now. This way you can inspect the rock and then place it in saltwater. Have a heater and some powerheads to properly circulate the water aswell.
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I have a signed release with fedex as well.

I have some water mixed up right now but I was planning on just putting it in the tank since it has not cycled yet. It has been going about a week with no ammonia spike yet. I just did not want to drop it in if it had undesirables on it.

Does the FL aquacultured rock look as red as it does in their pics? We were going to go that route but then changed our mind. If it is that red/pink, that might have to be our next rock purchase.
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I personally Liked the FL aquacultured rock there is alot of color and hitchhikers.. Some good some bad.. Makes it kind of nice and adds much more diversity.. I have a few pieces of Fiji as well and like the FL aquacultured rock much much better.. It came with a few mantis shrimps and a large number of crabs and other living things.. BTW i just found an emerald crab that came in on it today..

Hitchhikers that I have found have been numerous serpent stars, 2 mantis shrimp so far, numerous stone crabs, brittle stars, sea squirts, a few cup corals, an emerald grab a few Astreas that laid eggs now i have lots of little ones, a few nassisus snails and much much more.. I have found nothing besides algae that came with my fiji so if your looking for hitchhikers you will probably find none..
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