A living reef consists of Live Coral that are building Calcium structures. They break off and roll into the shore called Live Rock, correct so far?
If all this Rubble is collected does it change the ecosystem? Yes but to what degree? So this is debatable.
If there are Live organisms besides bacteria & Coraline algae then does it make a bigger impact? Yes thats why thats illegal in my State.
Is getting Live Rocks from the Local Pet shop or online different then driving or diving to the ocean and getting it yourself? More so if its legal in your state?
So what is in your tank? Cement bricks? Lava Rocks? Quartz Rock?
What about the fish? Did you create artificial live fish?
What about your corals? Are they Farm Raised or not?
What about your substrate or other invertebrates?
Did you make your own sand or crabs?
Is your LFS
responsible just because they have a "Permit" to collect or care more about collecting your money?
So all you reefers that bashed me for collecting my own live rock(which is legal in my state) you are just JEALOUS HYPOCRITES because you had to buy your rock since the only access you have to a real ocean is a polluted lake or river.
So stop blaming your LFS
for getting your rock as you are responsible for whatever is in your tank.