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Why I Need Live Rock & What I need to Know about Live Rock


Deep Water Tonga Live Rock

 What is Live Rock

Live rock is a major decorative element of the saltwater aquarium and provides nescessary shelter for many marine inhabitants. The different names of rock refer to the island locations where the rock was collected from, such as Fiji live rock, and Tonga live rock.

A live rocks shape such as branch rock and shelf or slab rock, provide both a great look and handy holding locations to place decorative corals on. Live rock is often used to build caves, arches, overhangs, and other structures in the tank, an art known as aquascaping.

For the aquarium trade live rock has replaced the old wet dry filters we used to use with bioballs for the nitrifying bacteria. Live rock has become the most effective biological filter we have for the marine saltwater aquarium. Very quickly once placed in the aquarium, usually within just a few weeks, biological magic takes place and the live rock gains beneficial bacteria. The rock hosts both aerobic and anaerobic nitrifying bacteria required for the nitrogen cycle that processes waste. Live rock becomes the main biological nitrification base or biological filter of a saltwater aquarium. Additionally live rock has a stablizing effect on the water chemistry, in particular on helping to maintain constant pH by the release of calcium.

When talking about live rock it is wrong to think that the live rock itself is alive, or that live rock can die. It isn't alive. The aquarium rock itself is made up of the calcium carbonate skeletons of long dead corals and broken ocean floor rock. What makes aquarium live rock called live rock are the forms of good bacteria and macroscopic life that form inside the rock and on the surface of the rock.

Live rock is collected by divers on many islands in the pacific and atlantic. The rock may sit for weeks in large piles on the islands where collected, once sorted by size and type, it finally makes its way by ship or air to the USA and other destinations, then to the aquarium shops , and finally into your home aquarium.

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Actual Live Rock Weight

All of our competitors place a box on a scale and start adding rock and packing materials. Therefore you will recieve less rock then you actually ordered. When you buy live rock from Aquarium Creations Online, we guarantee you get the actual live rock weight, measured on a legal for trade scale. We then add the box, and packaging materials to get it to you safely.

Tonga Branch Live Rock

Live Rock Differences

Aquarium Creations Online carries 12 different types of live rock, coming from many locations around the world.

Differences in the live rock's physical make up from area to area, make for different coraline algae colors to become the dominant colors once 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 once established.

Please note though, that these colors need a short period of time to reappear on your rock. The curing and shipping process,does diminish the coloration, but the chemistry of the particular rock is whats important, and the incredible shapes at time of purchase.

Give your tank the lighting and chemistry nescessary and you will enjoy for years the results of your effort.

Australian Barrier Reef Namoli live Rock

 The Safe Way to Add Live Rock

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.

Although the benefits, make live rock a must in todays aquarium, there still are precautions when additing live rock. Though your live rock has been pre-cured, it is imperative to cure the rock again upon receipt, before it is placed in the display aquarium that contains fish, coral, or inverts since some normal die off will occur during transit.

This is simple by either adding your live rock first with your live sand, and waiting a 14 to 28 days till 0 ammonia shows upon water testing; or you may place the live rock in a container with saltwater and a small powerhead for water movement. Let it stay in this container for 14 - 28 days till a water test shows 0 ammonia. It is then ready to add to your live system...

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Photos are representative of each species. Each animal is unique and variations should be expected.
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