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Old 08-10-2009, 09:51 PM   #1
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making live rock

I read its possible to make LR so could i use rock from my backyard to make LR, its shape like river rock so i assume its from a nearby river.
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Well, live rock from the ocean is very porous. Thats what makes it so good with biological filtration and providing habitats for critters that live within love rock. If the rock is very porous like the rock from the ocean, then i dont see why not. It would start off as base rock though, and then in time, and in the tank, it will become live.
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I'm not too sure about that. River rock is for the most part solid and therefore extremely dense compared to live rock. Live rock have many cavities and passages to breed life and for inhabitants to dwell and hide. If live rock is harvested properly you'll also get a lot of the life that was living it when you get it in your tank. IMO you'll be far better off sticking to actual live rock and your livestock will be happier too.
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As i already said lol.

But anyways, skip the river rock and just get base rock if you dont want to spend alot of money on live rock. It will become live over time and suits your tanks ecosystem way better than dense river rock.
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Not to mention adding possible contaminants or heavy metals....
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As i already said lol.

But anyways, skip the river rock and just get base rock if you dont want to spend alot of money on live rock. It will become live over time and suits your tanks ecosystem way better than dense river rock.
I think we were typing at the same time Your post pop up when I entered mine lol.
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rofl. Cool. See, people say no to the river rocks dude. It would be better to just go the live/base rock way.
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I get my base from marcorocks.com
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I made some of my own rock out of oyster shells/sand and portland cement.
When I first added it to my tank: 1 week

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