Let's ROCK! What type of rock do you have in your reef tank and do you love it?

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How much do you like liverock in your tank? Not the aquascape, but the rock itself!

  • Love it and wouldn't change it

    Votes: 355 62.0%
  • Like it ok but would try something different

    Votes: 167 29.1%
  • Don't like it at all

    Votes: 31 5.4%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 20 3.5%

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Butcher333

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After 2 1/2 years most of that coating is actually gone. I keep hoping one day I'll wake up to see something growing on them other than algae. :)
Have you tried some rock covered in coralline to spread. In a full year and only just starting to get some coralline growth. There is something off about the rock.
 

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1. What type of rock do you have in your reef tank?


I use CaribSea LifeRock

2. What do you like or dislike about it?


I like that it comes pest-free and is painted to look like it has coraline algae on it. I also like that it has no impact on the world's reefs. It's also much cheaper than Real Reef Rock.

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Currently all I use is dry rock for me to seed. I don't like the Florida version of live rock. But, in my previous tanks, I used all Walt Smith Fiji Live Rock. Now that was LIVE ROCK! Pics from 2005.
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Yeah that Walt Smith live rock is EPIC!! I want to order some but the min. order qty./poundage is crazy high cost around $400 and up for rock.
 

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Yeah that Walt Smith live rock is EPIC!! I want to order some but the min. order qty./poundage is crazy high cost around $400 and up for rock.
I didn't even know you can still get it. When Fiji shut down years ago, I assumed that included all the live rock as well. I just saw that they are now placing rock and harvesting the (cultured) rock. Glad to see it's still available...at a price.
 

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Pukani but I found it has a ton of nutrients inside and definitely needs to be pre cycled for a while or you will have a lot of problems with a new tank
 

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I still have my original Fiji Live rock that I bought 20 years ago. I love them! I downsized from my 120 gallon to a 35 gallon 11 years ago I sold off much of it and kept just 6 of my favorite shaped pieces for my current tank.

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Uncured Marshall Islands. Love it and wouldn't change it. I wish I could still get more. After ~1 month of truly disgusting decay the most amazing diversity of organisms sprang to life. Crabs, clams, buttons, Jellyfish(!), carpets of copepods and amphipods, macroalgaes, tunicates, sponges, tubeworms, I could go on and on. Purple, purple, purple. Absolutely nothing noxious.
 

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I used dry rock but aged it for four months in a plastic garbage can with no light just heater and a power head.Added all kinds of bacteria and when I put it in my tank readings were stable no peakes.I would use this again but it takes a lot of patience.I would rather leave the live rock in the ocean.
 

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I used dry rock but aged it for four months in a plastic garbage can with no light just heater and a power head.Added all kinds of bacteria and when I put it in my tank readings were stable no peakes.I would use this again but it takes a lot of patience.I would rather leave the live rock in the ocean.
That's why I used LifeRock by CaribSea. Didn't have to wait, didn't have to hurt the environment, and no pests.
 

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Let's rock and roll! :p
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No really, let's talk about ROCK! More specifically the rock we have in our saltwater reef aquariums that make up our beautiful aquascapes!

1. What type of rock do you have in your reef tank?

2. What do you like or dislike about it?
(NOT YOUR AQUASCAPE but the actual rock)


You get a BIG THUMBS UP for sharing a photo of your ROCK!

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Caribsea life rock, and after one of the easiest tank set up using this rock. I don’t think I’ll ever use anything else again.
 

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I used dry rock but aged it for four months in a plastic garbage can with no light just heater and a power head.Added all kinds of bacteria and when I put it in my tank readings were stable no peakes.I would use this again but it takes a lot of patience.I would rather leave the live rock in the ocean.
A heater in a garbage bag? Was it in a tub of some sort?
 

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I said "other", because while I love my rock, I would be willing to try something different.

In 2016 after a six year hiatus triggered by a cross country move, I started my current tank with 50# of Fiji and 50# of Pukani Dry Rock from BRS (both no longer available) in 2017. I was looking for No Pests! I started my previous LPS & Softie tank in 2000 and ran it for ten years with Live Rock. I had some pests; mostly bristle worms (which I now have again), Vermitid Snails, and Bubble Algae.

In 2016 Dry Rock was all the rage. I cycled it with Red Sea NOPOX to the the Ammonia/Nitrite/Nitrate zeroed and lowered. I had heard about the issues with Dry Rock possibly leeching PO4, so I ran GFO 24/7. The tank was almost looking good at about 12 months when my NO3 and PO4 bottomed out at 0.0 or near unreadable. Looking back, I had all the Dry Rock issues. Brown Phase, Slime Phase, Cyano, Dinos, too many SPS mortalities to count. Finally, almost four and a half years in, I can say my tank is in a good spot. LPS, Soft Corals and Zoas did well, but in the last 6-8 months I've dialed in the lighting and water chemistry and have good SPS growth as well.

I skipped the Fiji Rock. The Pukani Rock looks great, has great shape, and locks together well. It's completely coraline encusted. I have a good variety of shapes and sizes including a nice, big shelf rock, thought it is a bit of the "Rock Wall" leaning right. I also run a Brightwell BioBrick in my sump.

Now that it's "Live", I would use it again or get some clean Live Rock to seed Dry Rock; at least 30%. It seems that there are new techniques, additives, and other things to do than throw Dry Rock in a tank and let it cycle.

Bottom Line: Love my rock. I would use it again but... I would definitely get some Live Rock in with it, and I would never run a separate GFO reactor 24/7.
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