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Old 05-12-2017, 09:29 PM
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Places to buy good quality live rock

Is it just me of has the "live"come out of the live rock I see for sale these days.

I remember years ago live rock could be found for sale frequently and the rock had all kinds of life like coralline , pests fauna and life.. I understood why it was called live rock. Is there a ban on the importing of this rock now or something.

Nowadays most rock I see for sale looks like a stale brown , commands top dollar and isn't much to look at.

Does anyone have suggestions where I can find some good live rock for sale of the fiji, pukani, tonga variety?

I get that many hobbiest go the dry rock route but I, hoping to score some live rock for my new build.
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Old 05-12-2017, 11:44 PM
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You cannot collect in FL anymore so the rock is imported from overseas and is just packed in wet newspaper so not much survives. It has to be made 'live' again at the LFS.
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Old 05-13-2017, 08:53 AM
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Tampa Bay Rock. Go on monsterfishkeepers.Com and send Zoodiver a message. He is an friendly guy and always willing to help. He can hook you up with some carribean collectors.
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I totally get your point and I too remember those days, getting Fiji live rock from companies like Walt and Smith was pretty common.

However, with all the live rock in the market and considering what is usually available in the marketplace, is it sensible to request more rock to be taken out of the ocean? Just a thought

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Tonga Rock is hard to come by these days!
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I recently purchased Fiji and Tokota "Live Rock". It cam in damp news paper. I have been curing the rock for 3 weeks now and will probably continue for another week or two just for scheduling purposes. The rock is beautiful and testing results show that it is done cycling. I added Dr Tims which greatly helped. I should have about 100 LB left. I'll shoot you a PM then.
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Old 05-13-2017, 11:35 PM
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I recently went with real reef live rock and love it, will never go back to real live rock again.

http://realreefrock.com/

My 2 cents....

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Live rock comes from 2 places, the ocean or someone's existing tank. You can get Florida live rock, but it is rock placed in the ocean/gulf where it becomes incrusted/inhabited with living organisms. Native reef rock cannot be harvested anymore

Pacific live rock is still available from many online sources.

https://www.livestockusa.org/ROCK.html
https://www.liverocknreef.com/index....livestock.html
http://www.aquatictech.com/livestock.html

And your LFS may still carry it.

And the term "dry live rock" makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up!
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Old 05-14-2017, 08:47 PM
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Thanks for the links to that pacific live rock. That's the kind of live rock I'm talking about. I absolutely agree that an effort should be made to protect the oceans and reel reef rock is a great alternative as well.
I was just curious to know why this rock is hard to find locally.
Thanks to all who commented.
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The realreefrock looks like a good alternative.
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