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Good luck, and post pictures!
saf1 thanks for the vote of confidence and your encouraging words. I actually used Fiji rock back in the day as well. dang that was expensive But I think ultimately that's why I ended up doing it this way. In my heart of hearts I knew it was right. I'll just deal with whatever comes along! Thanks once again.Here is the deal. You can try as hard as you want with regards to dipping, bathing, eye balling, and even quarantining rock, coral, and fish but you "will" end up with pests in your tank. Mother Nature is just one of the things you can try to be smarter than but you will loose in the end. It is all about planning the ecosystem in the end in addition to your husbandry routine. I've done air freight live Fiji rock back in the early 2000 when it was allowed and it was the best rock ever regardless of what came in on it. That was half the fun.
I've also used 150 lbs of Dry Pukani. Boulders so large you could use them for hardscape in the front yard. Moon base Nine stuff I'm talking about. Great rock. Lots of nooks and crannies. Pressure wash, soak in bleach, more pressure wash, more bleach, then rinse and baths in lanthium chloride, more rinsing, more baths in LC, then pressure wash and start a new cycle. Tank cycled in 28 days or less using fishless method with Dr. Tims such that it could process 4 ppm ammonia to 0 in under 24 hours. This was last year March 2018. The rock and tank is only now after 16 or so months that I say it is mature enough to add corals. Coraline algae is taking hold, corals are growing, and what I moved from a 40 breeder into it is finally rebounding from the Pukani's constant leaching of phosphates.
TBS rock is the best there is if you budget for it. Richard is an incredible small business owner. He tells you what the good creatures are just as well as warning you what possible not so good creatures are. Gorilla crabs, pistol shrimp, or mantis. You are getting everything sourced and aged ready to go. Set up the tank, make sure all equipment is ready, place an order, and it is good to go.
One of my regrets is not properly budgeting my build and using TBS rock. I tried but in the end with two in college it just wasn't practical at the end of the day. I will never recommend Pukani or other man mined dry rock. If done properly it is great but the time to maturity (proper maturity) is just not worth it. My opinion and your mileage may vary.
You can catch most of the bad pests by using the upside down bottle trick or Tupperware container. Whichever way you go just wanted to say that TBS or even KP's rock is good stuff. Take it from me who wanted to use it but now regrets it. Best of luck!
Edit: The reason for not QT/Isolating the rock is that it is shipped over night in water. That is what you are paying for. The bacteria and biological filter is there. Why waste it.
By the way I forgot to mention I really dig your namesaf1 thanks for the vote of confidence and your encouraging words. I actually used Fiji rock back in the day as well. dang that was expensive But I think ultimately that's why I ended up doing it this way. In my heart of hearts I knew it was right. I'll just deal with whatever comes along! Thanks once again.
I think they already picked it for me, I asked them to quarantine it for me for a bit. At least I think that’s how the convo wentCall them in advance, sometimes it takes a bit until they get good weather and can dive. They are also great when it comes to trying to get pieces of rock in the sizes/shapes you would like when possible.