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Old 09-10-2009, 07:39 PM   #1
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Quality Live Rock via Online?

Hello everyone. I'm just starting up a 120g as a newbie to the hobby. I'm ready to rock (no pun intended) with the first cycle but I have no idea where to purchase my live rock. There are so many choices via the internet I was hoping someone would have some advice? I would like to start with a base/live combo due to the cost and size of the tank. LFS is not an option due to my location (in the middle of nowhere).

Can't tell you how excited we are to get started with the hobby! I've wanted salt water for years and finally have the opportunity.

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My experience with ordering live rock was not a very good one, but i know a lot of people on this site that have ordered live rock from online and haven't had a single problem with it, and now, their tanks flourish and look amazing. So in an overall opinion, and view, i would say that ordering live rock online is a safe option, if you have no place to buy it from locally. Not to mention that it is usually cheaper online than at local fish stores. Aside from the shipping, of course. But the thing is, if you take into consideration that the fish store charges maybe 8-9$ per pound, but online you could get it for 3$.. then it is well worth it to pay the shipping for something that cheap. It will usually cost you less buying it online with shipping and all, then if you were to buy the same amount from your local fish store. Assuming that they sell theirs at a ridiculous price, which most of them do.
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everything zero said and remember to cure them if you order online.
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My experience with ordering live rock was not a very good one, but i know a lot of people on this site that have ordered live rock from online and haven't had a single problem with it, and now, their tanks flourish and look amazing. So in an overall opinion, and view, i would say that ordering live rock online is a safe option, if you have no place to buy it from locally. Not to mention that it is usually cheaper online than at local fish stores. Aside from the shipping, of course. But the thing is, if you take into consideration that the fish store charges maybe 8-9$ per pound, but online you could get it for 3$.. then it is well worth it to pay the shipping for something that cheap. It will usually cost you less buying it online with shipping and all, then if you were to buy the same amount from your local fish store. Assuming that they sell theirs at a ridiculous price, which most of them do.
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everything zero said and remember to cure them if you order online.
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Yeap. Don't forget the cure you're rocks, otherwise you will most likely kill everything that already is in your tank. You can always use it to cycle your tank though, if you have not cycled it already. Here is a link to a nice article that should answer all your questions about cured and uncured live rock.

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You can also look on craigslist locally. I bought cured LR for $1 a LB because the guy was moving and had to sell it that same day. I bought 150Lb's and it is awesome!

Congrats on your first SW tank. Best of luck!
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i'm starting a fowlr as well...i decided to go with the crush coral substrate....and i'm looking for live rock to..my lfs is selling at 6.99 lb....but hek i'm stockin a 125 too...i'm feel your pain..i was going to be asking the same question...good post......what are some site you'll have used?? i'd rather go with what people have already used
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I would rethink that crushed coral. You're going to run into nitrates down the line.
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Check out some of the vendors on our site. They had some good LR I `ve heard.
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