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Looking for high quality local live rock

Discussion in 'Rock' started by jneps, Dec 23, 2015.

  1. jneps

    jneps Copepod

    So, like the title says, I'm looking for a local source of high quality live rock. I've run a reef before, and am setting up a new tank over the next two weeks. Tank is a standard 75 gallon overflow, which will have a deep sand bed. If anyone out there could please recommend some local sources, I'd sure appreciate it!

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Aquatic Art always has a good stock of cycled live rock of different varieties
     
  3. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Aquatic Art has some nice pieces live rock... They have other goodies (corals) that you're gonna love
     
  4. jneps

    jneps Copepod

    Thanks, guys! I'll head down there this weekend...
     
  5. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Haha angel great minds think alike... Well something like that ;)
     
  6. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    Looking for high quality local live rock

    Check the hours, only open a couple days a week or by appt. they are worth the trip and wait. Where are you located?
     
  7. dvenson

    dvenson Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    We are closed tomorrow for the holiday but open Saturday 11-6
     
  8. jneps

    jneps Copepod

    So, I've been looking into this a bit more, and it seems that it's now much more difficult to find genuine live rock that it was the last time I set up a tank, which was back in 2003. I'm not a newbie, having about 10 years experience with saltwater, but having been out of the hobby for about 8 years, was surprised to see that much of what is now being sold is this "Real Reef" stuff, which is certainly not what the name implies.

    Does anyone have experience with this product, or better yet, know where one can get some genuine live rock locally?
     
  9. reef dummy

    reef dummy Copepod

    I think everybody answered you already. Aquatic Arts has lots of good live rock always cooking, did you go there?
     
  10. jneps

    jneps Copepod

    I did go to Aquatic Art, chiefly upon the recommendations of those posting in reply to my question. The only stuff they had in any quantity was the "Real Reef" stuff. Do they typically have genuine live rock??
     
  11. reef dummy

    reef dummy Copepod

    I guess it's semantics and what you'd call live rock. Are you talking like rock from the ocean?
     
  12. jneps

    jneps Copepod

    What I'm talking about is what was commonly sold about 10 years ago. It was rock which was probably farmed, but was not a specifically man-made product, and was covered with a variety of micro-fauna. Back in those days, when one said "live rock", it was pretty clear what was meant. No offense intended -- I am just surprised that this is now apparently somewhat ambiguous.
     
  13. reef dummy

    reef dummy Copepod

    Most people nowadays don't want that kind of rock for the fear of pests that's why you're seeing these different kinds. Todd's tropical off hampden always has some live ocean rocks if thats the way you want to go.
     
  14. reef dummy

    reef dummy Copepod

    Check out Marco rocks online.
     
  15. jneps

    jneps Copepod

    Thank you for the information!!
     
  16. CRW Reef

    CRW Reef Orca Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Go see Ki at Keys Island he has two 55 gallon tanks of live rock always going.
     
  17. jneps

    jneps Copepod

    Thanks!
     
  18. neil82

    neil82 Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    The last time I was there they had both types available. Maybe they were just out at that moment.
     
  19. projectx

    projectx Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Keys Island has what you are looking for
     
  20. jneps

    jneps Copepod

    Thanks!
     

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