'Live' rock or 'Life' rock?

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Hi all,

I'm about to set up a new tank after quite a long break from the hobby. I've used live rock previously and was very happy with it. However, I always try to act as responsibly as possible and will always choose captive-bred stock and so on if possible. As such, my interest has been piqued by Caribsea Life Rock, but my research has revealed some rather contradictory opinions on this product. So, I would be quite interested to hear what the opinions of other members of ReefBase may be on this topic.

Many thanks,
Paul

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Reply #1

Got it, love it.  It's getting covered in real coraline, and there's been no nuisance algae or pests.  I stopped using live rock after getting bobbit worms in my last lot.

Is there anything specific you want to know?

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Reply #2

Hi Andy,


There wasn’t a specific thing, no. Your response was exactly what I was looking for. My own thoughts were that on balance it seemed like the better option, but I just wanted to see what other reefers thought first seeing as rock is such a fundamental part of a set up.


Many thanks,
Paul

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This is 80kg of reel reef rock it’s not as porous as live rock from the sea but it’s not far of and you don’t get the nastys. But you don’t get the good stuff either.


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Reply #4

Wow! That’s a cool set up. It’s funny, getting back into the hobby I straightaway want more tanks than I can afford/house! I really need a live rock tank and man-made rock tank so I can compare the two! I’ve finished work for Xmas now so I’m of to visit the best LFS near me - Coral Cabin. I think I’ll decide after I see what they have to offer.


Thank you for your candid advice,
Paul


PS would it be ok for me to make you a buddy/friend or whatever they call it?

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Reply #5

I like liverock for the life that comes in them.  You can of course get nasties in there, and many do.  Pros and cons, but really no wrong choice.
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Reply #6

I have ocean rock (medium) in my tank and swell ceramic biomedia rubble in the sump. It’s a cost friendly and ocean friendly. It does need curing even if they say it doesn’t... don’t believe them.

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Reply #7

Thanks for the tip re curing as I’ve noticed that it is very much sold as good to go.

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