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Old 10-01-2011, 08:39 AM   #1
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Saltwater newbie Purchasing live rock $2 per pound?

There is someone close by selling live rock on craigslist for $2 per pound....Is it wise to purchase from an individual's tank or would it be best from the local fish store?

What would I have to be careful of introducing into my new set up from an established tank?

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Old 10-01-2011, 09:04 AM   #2
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I started my first tank with CL live rock from a guy breaking his tank down.

If adding it to your current tank I think you might experience a mini cycle due to die off on the rock during transport. A safe way to do it is to add the live rock to a separate container or tank and let it cycle by itself for a few days. If you test the water and it's at 0 across the board then it's probably safe to add to your tank.

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Buying rocks from unknown person, there must be hazard. You don't know what's could be on it or not, one small thing could Change your whole tank. But , if the source is clean and safe, then the price is worth to buy from , otherwise you pay way more from local stores. Recycling the rock separately is just too much work you gotta do, why not just buy from store then?
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:30 AM   #4
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I would go there and check it out. You're always running a risk of hitchhikers entering your tank so that wouldn't put me off!
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