This is the best Live Rock in the World, Sold by the pound, enter the pounds that you would like in
the box above, also be sure to let us know if you are looking for any specific
shapes or sizes in the comments box on checkout and we will do our best to try
and get you exactly what you're looking for!
This is also known as Uncured Live Rock
Our Aquacultured Live Rock started out as upland dry rock from ancient coral reefs (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 hitchhikers.
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
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 30lbs 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 from Zip Code 34653, 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 Cured?
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 done.
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
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 cycle.
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 correct.
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.