Live Rock Dry Rock Reef Rock for Saltwater Aquarium SM/MD/LG Rock For Sale -
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Live Rock Dry Rock Reef Rock for Saltwater Aquarium SM/MD/LG Rock:
Florida “Oolite” Live Rock/Dry Rock for Saltwater Aquariums, Reef Tanks, FOWLR
This is our Florida “Live” rock. Although it is referred to as “live rock”, it is actually more correctly called dry rock as this product is derived from land based mines. The rock will not actually become “live” until it is colonized with the beneficial bacteria from your tank. This can happen either over time through your tanks natural cycle, or through your favorite additive that kick starts the cycle. Coming from a land based mine is important because you can purchase and be assured it will not affect coral reefs. The mines are based in South Florida below Miami. The rock is calcium carbonate (aragonite) based and is often referred to as oolite.
Why do I need live rock in my saltwater aquarium? Live rock is important for your aquarium because it provides surface area for beneficial bacterial growth. As previously mentioned, it will become colonized with bacteria through natural progression of your tanks cycle, or through additives to “kick start” the cycle. However you choose to do this, the bacteria will be an extremely important part of your aquariums nitrogen cycle. The bacteria will break down toxic ammonia and nitrite into less toxic nitrates which are removed through water changes or by macroalgae.
The live rock also provides a home for some of the often overlooked part of your cleanup crew, copepods and amphipods. These 2 tiny creatures are very important in your tank. Amphipods are small crustaceans that some say resemble a “roly poly” or pill bug. Copepods are near microscopic and most commonly seen as tiny beige dots on your glass or sandbed. Amphipods are scavenger feeders and will help control detritus and leftover unconsumed foods. Copepods mainly consume microalgae or the green buildup on your glass and substrates. Clean up crew factors aside, some of your tank inhabitants may rely on these for food. Some examples are sea horses and dragonets. Microcrustaceans are a very important part of your home aquarium and should have a place to safely spawn.
Why should I use dry rock over live rock? While both have their benefits, there are two main and obvious differences. Our dry rock comes from a land based mine which has not been in contact with saltwater in a very long time. This means that it does not carry any unwanted “hitch-hikers” that can come from the ocean, another person or pet store’s tanks. The most worrisome ones to consider are aiptasia and parasitic snails/nudibranchs that eat your coral. While true live rock can be beneficial, you’re sacrificing your tanks health by risking introduction of these hitch-hikers. Using our dry rock (or dry rock in general) will prevent this from happening and also give the satisfaction of watching your own rock turn into live rock in your saltwater aquarium.
How much rock should I purchase? I have been around the aquarium hobby for many years and have worked for 2 pet stores. I am currently working in the Florida keys in the aquarium industry. I’m not an expert by any means, but the recommendation that has stuck for as long as I can remember is 1-2 lbs. per gallon. I would recommend at least 1 lb. per gallon.
Can I use this in my freshwater aquarium? Absolutely! Some hobbyists like to use our rock for their cichlid tanks. It is thought to help regulate pH.
What will my rock look like? As you can see in the pictures, our rock comes in many sizes and shapes. Each rock is unique in size and shape. The rock has tunnels or holes in which critters can hide or live. These holes will also give support for stacking and creating your own personal design in your tank. If you’re looking for a simple live rock structure then you usually can achieve this by simply stacking and adjusting until you find a stable form that will not topple. If you’re trying to do a more elaborate design, you might find that using a reef epoxy will work better to make the bond more permanent. For the hobbyist that really wants something unique, you may find that drilling the rock and using acrylic rods for increased stability may better suite your needs.
I hope that I have answered most of your questions. You’re always welcome to message me for any other questions or concerns you may have. I also try and educate people to the best of my ability so they are successful in their aquarium setups, whether you’re a new or experienced aquarist.
***Please note that the rock has sand embedded in it. We do pre wash all of our rock so that you will get a visually pleasing product and will also reduce shipping weight which is a cost savings that we are able to pass on to you. With that being said, there may be residual sand and sediment which will cloud your tank temporarily. This usually clears up within one or two days. If you want to decrease this, you can always rinse your rock with either saltwater or RO/DI water. If you don’t wish to do this but still want to help decrease the amount of time it takes for your tank to clear up, you can use a mechanical filter like a filter sock or floss.
***Due to the somewhat fragile nature of the rock, some pieces may break in shipping. We try and pack the boxes somewhat tight to minimize shifting. Shipping insurance is not possible through shipping companies on the rock. We apologize for any inconvenience.