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Old 07-27-2004, 07:51 PM   #1
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Recommendations for live rock dealers?

I'm going to be needing about 110 lbs of live rock in the next month or so and I could use some advice to help me avoid a costly mistake! The LFS around here want anywhere from $6-$8 for cured rock and what they have doesn't look too interesting. I'm thinking about Aquarium Arts, as they will ship (in water) on Greyhound and I could have it about 5-6 hours after it leaves their store. I can't find any discussion from anyone who has bought from them, though--does anyone have any experience with their rocks?

http://www.aquariumarts.com/

Thanks for any thoughts!
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Old 07-27-2004, 07:54 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure you're gonna get flooded with recommendations for liverocks.com any minute now
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Old 07-27-2004, 07:58 PM   #3
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No doubt! They use the denser rock, though, right? I was thinking I would prefer Tonga or Fiji--but I may have to cave to group pressure. :-)
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1 peppermint shrimp and 1 fire shrimp (very shy)
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Old 07-27-2004, 07:58 PM   #4
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Per Atari here is comes I just bought from live rocks and put some stuff in my tank today ($5.62 shipped per pound). I'll show some pictures in a few days. Also you might want to check out http://www.tampabaysaltwater.com/ as they seem to be running another good business.
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Old 07-27-2004, 08:00 PM   #5
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BTW the live rocks seem to be about as dense as the 16 puond tonga I bought from my LFS.
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Old 07-27-2004, 08:06 PM   #6
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I have to say I bought a 5-lb chunk that's supposed to be Fiji from my LFS (to start my QT) and it might as well be a chunk of concrete. I was hoping to get fluffy rock, so to speak, for my big tank! I've seen pretty much only good things about LR.com and tampa bay saltwater . . . I do like the aquacultured concept, and if no one knows anything about Aquarium Arts I may just go with the known. I don't want a $750 screw up!
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Old 07-27-2004, 09:27 PM   #7
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Everyone Ive talked to in bakersfield that gets live rock from aquarium arts swears by them.
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I always get mine from http://www.tampabaysaltwater.com/

Although, being in Tampa, its cause I can go to their warehouse and hand pick the rock.
But, they do have awesome, creature filled rock, and its all aquacultured.
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Well I have to chime in also. Liverocks.com ROCKS. My last order had 1 lavender serpant star, 1 lrg brittle, and 1 small brittle. plus 2 porc. crabs. and bunches of other stuff too. Just sorry I can't get anymore sand from them.
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Another vote for liverocks.com
Great stuff and super service!!
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LR.com

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i have 80lbs of rock from liverocks.com and it is simply amazing
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Okay! I give!! With a fan club like that, I guess I can't go wrong with Liverocks. You guys aren't getting kickbacks, are you?
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I hate to say I told you so but.............. :P
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Im not getting any kickbacks yet, but I might need to have a chat with Zack
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I just placed an order for 40 lbs from Zack. Went to him once before and was tickled pink! If you arent conviced yet, MY WIFE insisted I get it from him again, and she calls my tank THE MONEY PIT!
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I see everybody raving about the LR that they get from LR.com but by looking at their site I see 4 different types of LR. Which type is the best or the best for a beginner? The Coral Rock, Gulf Rock, Keys Rock, or the Live Base Rock. Just would like to know before I place a order.
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