Favorite Live Rock: Fiji, Pukani, Tonga, Gulf, Artificial, Aquacultured or Other?

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What is your favorite type of live rock?

  • Fiji Live Rock

    Votes: 89 22.7%
  • Tonga Branch Live Rock

    Votes: 48 12.2%
  • Pukani Live Rock

    Votes: 89 22.7%
  • Gulf Live Rock

    Votes: 25 6.4%
  • Artificial (man-made or synthetic) Live Rock

    Votes: 69 17.6%
  • Aquacultured Live Rock

    Votes: 46 11.7%
  • Other (please explain in the thread)

    Votes: 26 6.6%

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Dana Riddle

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Aquacultured live rock from the Florida Keys. Ships overnight to my front door. Coralline algae species, spaghetti worms, feather dusters, sponges, etc. all survive the trip and make a full-spectrum biotope.
 

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I prefer real live rock (coral/coralline rock from the ocean), ideally as harvested with everything alive on it. Nothing beats that. Unfortunately, it isn't available anymore.
The manmade or fossilized rock is fine as underfill or base-rock for a coral tank where it will be overgrown with corals, but for a primary fish tank without heavy coral growth, that type of rock is a very poor substitute.
 

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Years ago when you could actually buy real live rock, I would have said marshall island, but since actual live rock is no longer available, Pukani by far for me. Less dense, has a ton of holes, and is easy to chisel away for aquascaping. Unfortunately you can't buy live pukani anymore.

Not true. Plenty of places sell live rock. They are usually sold as zoa colonies attached to a live rock. They sell them on LA. My LFS also also has Fiji collected live rock on hand. I don't know if its true Fiji rock, but its definitely reef rock as there are skeletons mixed in. However I personally think its a bad practice to remove large amounts of reef rock from reefs. Coral can be harvested sustainably, but reef rock not so much.

I think a good approach is to use artificial rock to fill in the background and add a few pieces of real live rock towards the front.
 
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Has anyone ever added 20 lbs or say 40lbs of Mariculture live rock from florida keys right to there established tank if live rock was shipped in water? It sound risky but curious.

I am having what I perceive as just OK results with tons of cured live rock and considering doing something like this. Saw plenty of videos from advanced aquarist describing poor or failed tanks were dry rock failed to estiblished filtration well for a reef tank. I struggle myself to keep nutrients down with modest feeding and a refugium filled with chaeto.

Results now hover at 1.11 to 0.15 phosphate and 10 ppm nitrate. Algae is non existant and coraline grow well. N:p ratio. Alkalinity is steadily increasing every week however.
 

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I have seen great results with each of these listed, but if I had a choice it would be live Marshall and Tonga. Most unique in my opinion. I am all for no longer harvesting the live from from the oceans/reefs, but it would be great if someone started putting tons of the "Man Made" stuff out in the ocean and then sold it as live. The man made stuff is great for not destroying habitats and is easy to scape, but it really sucks when starting a new system dead IMO.
 

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I have a mix of pukani, Tonga, and a few pieces of man made. The pukani is my favorite - super porous, easy to break apart, beautiful shapes. I love the tonga branch too but pukani is the winner for me.
 

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I don’t go with any type of rock, just what looks good to me. I have so many corals, you can’t see most of my rock anyway.
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Mine is currently all pukani. About to embark on a major re-aquascaping--the pukani is staying, but will be adding another forty or so pounds of something in two weeks. I've got someone working with me, so not sure what exactly it's going to be, but I'm sure it's gonna be great.
 

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I have Macro (Marco?) rock. I wanted pukani, but couldn't find it.

Do those of you who have pukani just have it left from the beforetimes, or does it sometime surface for purchase somewhere?

--Gray
 

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Fiji all the way. But since you can't get it anymore, here's what I'd do...

I'd find a nice piece or two from a healthy aquarium (either a local fish store or a fellow hobbyist), buy it (overpay for it if you have to), and use it to seed the artificial rock in your new tank. Same thing with the sand bed.
 

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The best rock is the one that is
1. Most appealing in shapes like shelves
2. Easy to drill
3. Workable in terms of using epoxy-ing
I choose rocks based on shapes no specific preference to one type over another really.
 

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Now...it's gotta be maricultured live rock. It's the only stuff I know of that still comes out of the ocean, and therefor has wide variety of natural micro and macro life which is, imo, a major benefit when it comes to the the tanks cycling into an ecosystem.
 
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