Our Live Rock Specials are a
mixed box of some really nice pieces and some fairly plain pieces. The
reason is when setting up a new tank you will have the base rock and then top
rock, these specials allow you to maximize your money and not paying for all
amazing rock when it is not needed. All rock in the package has been
Aquacultured on our lease sites and is fully live, some of the pieces might
have been deeper in the pile or possibly covered in sand.
If you are looking for all of the best Live Rock we offer
check out our Live Rock by the pound.
Our Aquacultured Live Rock
started out as upland dry rock of the Bryozoan facies (Commonly sold as Reef
Saver or South Seas rock) in 1997, we selected two sites in the Gulf of Mexico
approximately 13 miles from land in 30 feet of water. We dropped this hand
selected rock on these sites that were previously just barren sandy bottom,
creating our very own reefs. After more than 15 years these reefs are just
teeming with LIFE including: Corals, Sponges, Coralline Algae, Truncates,
Oysters, Barnacles, Worms, Crabs, Shrimp, Micro and Macro Algae, Starfish and
much much more!
Frequently Asked Questions
about our rock.
What makes your rock different
than the rock in my Local Fish Store?
The short answer is LIFE! Most Local Fish
Stores either order from Live Rock suppliers in the Pacific, where the rock is
collected then packed in wax coated boxes and shipped by boat to the US. This
long shipping time causes most of the life on the rock to die off and leads to
extensive curing time. Or make their own Live Rock by placing Dry Rock in their
tanks, this does give them the bacteria, but little to no other
Our rock is handled much differently, we own the reef and we do all our own
diving and distribution, so you get the freshest Live Rock available.
How should I get my
Aquacultured Live Rock Shipped?
We HIGHLY suggest
Airlines shipping, this is by far the fastest way and usually the cheapest (for
orders of 40lbs or more). but it does mean you would have to pick the rock up
at the airport. This is usually a very simple thing to do as the cargo facility
at most airports is not the same place that you would go as a passenger, and it
is quick in and out. If you have any questions on this process, please contact
us we will be more than happy to explain the whole process in detail and give
you the address and phone number of the cargo facility near you.
Ground shipping should only be used if you are
within the one or two day area, the thing to keep in mind when choosing
shipping is that this is Really Live Rock, and the longer it is in shipping the
more die off you will have.
Does this Rock need to be
Yes and no. It really depends on how you get it
shipped along with a plethora of other things, but basically the shorter the
time the rock is out of the water the less "curing" needs to be
What is curing?
Curing Live Rock is simply acclimating the rock
to your tank. Anytime a piece of live rock is exposed to air, or even just
moved there will be some die off. The amount of die off depends on how long the
rock is exposed, any temperature fluctuations and what is on the rock. To
minimize curing time we remove any sponges that we know are harmful when they
die off, we also keep the rock submerged as soon as possible after harvest
including on the boat and during all transport.
Again, we also highly suggest using the
airlines shipping option, it is usually the cost of ground but you normally
receive your rock on the same day, saving a lot of die off and saving a bunch
of the biodiversity.
How curing is it done?
Curing can be done in a few different ways,
the easiest is if your setting up a new system you can cure it right in the
tank. The die off from shipping should begin the cycle and the established
bacteria colonies should remove the ammonia quickly resulting in a very quick
Another method is in a bucket or clean
trashcan, simply place the rock in the container with a power head or wave
maker giving plenty of flow. Keep testing the water, doing changes as necessary
and monitor the parameters, when the ammonia and nitrites are at zero your new
rock is cured.
Tips on the Care of Live Rock
Live Rock needs plenty
of flow, many of the organisms that live in and on the rock are filter
feeding, so water flow is important. Low water flow is not ideal for the long
term survival of most of the biodiversity on the rock. You also need to have
adequate lighting, this is a bit trickier as not all of the organisms on the
rock like bright light, so it may take some trial and error to get this
Feeding, as stayed most of the hitchhikers on
the rock are filter feeders, so they will need food of some type as most
aquariums used today try to filter out all organics in the water, feeding can
be accomplished by dosing your tank with Phytoplankton or Marine Snow.