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There was a thread I saw earlier about someone who had ordered from gulfliverock so I believe they’re shipping. Don’t know about KP. Tampa bay said they’re going to be shipping again this fall
 
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So I received my 35 lbs of rock from Gulf Live Rock today. Overall I am happy. The amount of life on the rock is impressive, 7 or 8 types of algae, multiple colors of corraline, a big gorgonian/soft coral and at least 7 clams the biggest of which was over 4 inches.

The downside was the shipping. It was a 3 day trip to Texas. They packaged it well, double bagged and covered in wet paper towels. I think 3 days is too much though, as soon as I put it in water, ammonia spiked. I did large water changes and tried to neutralize it with Prime but I worry about how much die off I'll see. I guess time will tell.
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So I received my 35 lbs of rock from Gulf Live Rock today. Overall I am happy. The amount of life on the rock is impressive, 7 or 8 types of algae, multiple colors of corraline, a big gorgonian/soft coral and at least 7 clams the biggest of which was over 4 inches.

The downside was the shipping. It was a 3 day trip to Texas. They packaged it well, double bagged and covered in wet paper towels. I think 3 days is too much though, as soon as I put it in water, ammonia spiked. I did large water changes and tried to neutralize it with Prime but I worry about how much die off I'll see. I guess time will tell.
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A lot of it will survive. I just let it rip right through the die off and ammonia spike. I did dump in dr Tim's since I had it on hand but all those turkey wing clams, gorgonians, emerald crabs, brittle stars, fair number of sponges, a bunch of various stoney corals all survive a big cycle.

Edit: also 2 wennerae mantis and some welks lived through that as well.. The mantis are the reason for the nano picture.

Nothing wrong with trying to minimize the spike obviously, most of the life that just survived 3 days more or less out of the water, can handle some foul water though is my 2cents.

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A lot of it will survive. I just let it rip right through the die off and ammonia spike. I did dump in dr Tim's since I had it on hand but all those turkey wing clams, gorgonians, emerald crabs, brittle stars, fair number of sponges, a bunch of various stoney corals all survive a big cycle.

Edit: also 2 wennerae mantis and some welks lived through that as well.. The mantis are the reason for the nano picture.

Nothing wrong with trying to minimize the spike obviously, most of the life that just survived 3 days more or less out of the water, can handle some foul water though is my 2cents.

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Hopefully you're right. The biggest clam was DOA but we've counted at least 6 still alive. Haven't seen any shrimp or crabs. A number of worms were dead in the bag. We've been staring at it all day, haven't seen anything moving unfortunately.
 

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Hopefully you're right. The biggest clam was DOA but we've counted at least 6 still alive. Haven't seen any shrimp or crabs. A number of worms were dead in the bag. We've been staring at it all day, haven't seen anything moving unfortunately.
Certainly do some water changes if you want, don't let me stop you. Mine got here in one day so experiences are different in that respect.
 

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So I received my 35 lbs of rock from Gulf Live Rock today. Overall I am happy. The amount of life on the rock is impressive, 7 or 8 types of algae, multiple colors of corraline, a big gorgonian/soft coral and at least 7 clams the biggest of which was over 4 inches.

The downside was the shipping. It was a 3 day trip to Texas. They packaged it well, double bagged and covered in wet paper towels. I think 3 days is too much though, as soon as I put it in water, ammonia spiked. I did large water changes and tried to neutralize it with Prime but I worry about how much die off I'll see. I guess time will tell.
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Lovely! Thank you for posting these photos. I have not seen real rock delivery in too many years. All that live is beautiful. The death of the macro-organisms is harsh but the bacteria and whatnot on those rocks is worth it. :)
 
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