Along with there being so many different grades of rock, it's also worth noting that they come from many different areas and oceans as well. Some people like to have rock from a single location while others like to mix and match pieces from different locations to build intricate formations and increase the biodiversity within the tank. Rock from all the different collection points have different properties and amounts required.
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This rock is fairly lightweight and porous so that you don't require as much rock as other types. It is generally recommended that you use 1 to 1.5 lb/gallon (US)
The highest quality live rock is commonly referred to as premium grade live rock. Occasionally you'll find some more elaborate names such as "Ultra Premium" or "Grade A" and as such you'll be paying ultra high prices for it. Having said that, if you can get this type of live rock you may want to look into getting a small quantity as it generally comes with some hidden treasures such as small corals and lots of hitchhikers (but be forewarned some of these hitchhikers aren't desirable in a reef tanks). Premium grade live rock is generally used for reef type tanks, especially since it can come with some of the most hardy corals already on it!
Living Reef Imports LLC. is a world renowned importer and distributor of live rock and transships more varieties of live rock than any other distributor. This rock does not pass through several hands before it gets to our customers. We have it collected and imported directly into the United States where it is then distributed by us throughout the world. This rock is brand new but we only expect to bring in maybe a pallet worth once every couple months as it is hard to obtain. Our rock will smell and look like you collected it right out of the ocean yourself. No more concern of rotten, smelly high ammonia rock to worry about.
We also use a system of cleaning, transporting and segregating our rock making it pre-cured and free of unwanted pests like Mantis shrimps and Aiptasia. Again, because of the care and quality we bring in, we highly recommend shipping via Air Cargo or 2nd Day or faster! Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed!
We only recommend shipping via Air Cargo or 2nd Day Air or faster to deliver such fine quality rock in the best possible condition. Being base rock, UPS Ground is fine if better shipping conditions are not within your budget.
"Our rock flys in direct from the islands direct in less than 24 hours and not all live rock is in stock at all times because of how fast we sell it. Some rock, especially more exotic rocks may require a short waiting period of a few days to have ordered in specifically for you direct from the islands. Our customer service department will contact all customers to notify you if any rock ordered is not already in stock and what the estimated time of delivery will be. No credit card will be charged until the day the rock arrives if not already in stock. However, we recieve most all rocks at least once a week typically flown in on Wednesday evenings. Please call us if you have any questions toll free at (800)722-0421."
We highly recommend first, that you read our FREE live rock care package specifically written to make your getting the most out of your rock enjoyable and not work. You will need lighting at least 4 watts per gallon of water with 50% being Actinic 03 Blue and 50% Day Light 10,000k. Necessary supplements are Iodine, Strontium, Molybdenum and liquid Calcium. Smaller all-in-one packages by Seachem and Kent Marine are available for nano systems. Purchase these items through us at wholesale and we will ship them with your rock FREE of any additional shipping charge! When ordering these items at the same time you place your order for your rock, our system will automatically deduct the shipping costs for you, so get your supplements now. They truly are needed. One final note, when cleaning your rock, we highly recommend the use of RockPrep™ to clean and detoxify the rock and PurpleUp™ in addition to the above supplements to pull even stronger blue and purple coralline algae out from the rock. Have a question, click the link for a live help customer representative to your left now or call (800)722-0421.
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Living Reef Imports Live Rock TIP: Don't forget that to grow a strong purple coralline algae (purple, green and red rock growth) you must have the necessary lighting consisting of 4watts per gallon of water as a rule of thumb and necessary trace elements of Iodine, Strontium, Molybdenum and liquid Calcium! These are the big trick all the true reef and saltwater hobbyists growing extremely beautiful live rock are doing and understand! The photos below are links to these items which are a must and should be added to every order of live rock not just as a starter kit but they must be kept up on a regular basis!