Live rock is of absolute paramount importance
in either fish only or coral reef eco-systems. In both instances,
the saltwater aquariums live
rock provides both the beneficial organisms for proper water
management and the longevity of delicate live stock species.
When talking about live rock , it is a wrong
to think that the live rock itself is alive. What makes it live
are the many forms of micro and macroscopic marine life that
live inside of it. The aquarium rock itself is only made up of
the calcium carbonate skeletons of long dead corals. The different
live names, refer to the island location where it is collected
from, and the type of rock. Two popular types of live rock for
finishing off a nice reef tank are branch rock and shelf rock.
As the names suggest their shapes provide a great look and good
holding locations to place corals on.
Rock Cured or Uncured?
Cured live rock applies to the process of cleaning,
conditioning , and cycling live rock for use in a saltwater aquarium.
Cured means that it is live rock that has already been conditioned
and is stable to use right away in a saltwater aquarium with
minimal concern under the correct guidelines. When you see saltwater
live rock labeled as fresh or uncured live rock this means it
is NOT processed and it shouldn't be placed directly into a main
aquarium until you cure it.
Aquatic Connection carries 8
different types of live rock, coming from many locations around
Differences in the live rock's physical make up from area to
area, make for different coraline algae colors to become the
dominant colors as the live rock matures in your tank. For example,
Fiji live rock is predominantly covered with a purple coraline
growth once matured, Tonga , and Carribbean live rock is more
rainbow colored, and Marshall Island live rock, has more red
coraline algae growth than the others.
When you buy live rock
from Aquatic Connection, you get the actual live rock weight,
measured on a legal for trade scale. Unlike many of our competitors,
we do not count the box and all packing materiels in with the
live rock weight you ordered.
We purchase only the
nicest live rock from some of the best sources. Once collected,
all our Live Rock is placed in high current ocean vats, not just
misted with water. We make sure it is flown off the island, not
shipped which other suppliers do, (often shipping live rock by
boat delays shipments from 4-6 weeks). We then treat our live
rock in 600 gallon vats with the right chemistry and large skimmers
, it's an almost zero ammonia enviroment for our live rock to
thrive in. This removes unwanted organisms, while adding nourishment
to the existing life forms we wish to have flourish.
- If your tank contains fish,
corals or invertebrates already,
before adding your new delivery of live rock, (cured or uncured),
please be sure to do a final cure, just as a precaution.
- The weight listed is the total weight of just the live rock
packaged for shipping. It does not include the weight of the packaging
materials, the box or the foam container it is shipped in. Most
online rock dealers do not use our fair price for live rock procedures.
- We ship live rock & sand via Fed Ex Ground Delivery
Tuesday through Friday. Delivery time varies by where you
live, but usually runs 1-3 days. If you prefer guaranteed Fed
Ex 2nd Day air, you will incur additional shipping costs.
- Aquatic Connection pays the actual Fedex shipping charges
for live rock shipments 25 pounds and higher. There is still
a packaging charge for live rock shipments which pays for all
shipping materials and packaging costs. All information on shipping
time and costs may be found on our shipping page here: Click
here for shipping information
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