Live Rock alternatives..

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Live Rock alternatives..

Unread postby SCORPIO » Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:14 pm

Again planning for a 3 footer reef tank. This time I dont want to use Live rock or natural rock, I need alternatives of Live Rock. Can I use Sensibar rocks in place of Live Rock? Need suggestions.


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Re: Live Rock alternatives..

Unread postby vasishta.sushant » Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:46 am

Little off topic. I showed you one rock that I bought from a LFS. If you want, you can take that. I am not using it. (though still not sure what rock is that)

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Re: Live Rock alternatives..

Unread postby saikumar » Wed Aug 26, 2015 3:54 pm

I remember jack make is own rock using rock salt and some white cement mixture. He should help more.

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Unread postby SCORPIO » Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:40 pm

saikumar wrote:I remember jack make is own rock using rock salt and some white cement mixture. He should help more.


Ahhha. Remembered.

Just want to know his review.
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Unread postby gauravgupta » Fri Aug 28, 2015 12:21 am

You may go for Fiber Rocks. It looks very much original but bit costly.
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Re: Live Rock alternatives..

Unread postby sushant » Fri Aug 28, 2015 11:26 am

Live Rocks form a major part of filtration system in reef aquaria , fibre rocks on other hand will serve only asthetics purposes and cannot be a replacement for LR.

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Unread postby aquascapist » Fri Aug 28, 2015 3:48 pm

i think you can use sansibar rocks. I remember Neeraj had one marine tank running with it. It seems to be porous as well.
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Unread postby SCORPIO » Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:16 pm

aquascapist wrote:i think you can use sansibar rocks. I remember Neeraj had one marine tank running with it. It seems to be porous as well.


I used those in earlier. They not looks good.
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Re: Live Rock alternatives..

Unread postby jack » Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:04 pm

hello all.... i have used DIY Rocks and i was / am pretty happy with the rocks ... you can get the shape you like and desired aquascape....
the cons of this kind of rocks are 1) they are heavy 2) requires loooooong curing time, mine took around 4-5 months to cure.. may be more dont remember it now..

currently i am using Fiber rocks and i am very happy with the same got the required structure that i planned and are light weight...

Bacterial growth is not much in the fiber rocks but i dont mind as i used all the old fiji LR from the old tank in the sump as filteration.. and all DIY rocks donated to LFS and he is currently using it in his display tank ..

regarding sansibar rocks they are OK to use it and are quite porus...

but i would say if this is a life time and reef setup either get cured natural LR or go with fiber rocks and seed the sump with LR from hobbyist tank..

if you need recipe of the DIY rock you can go through my old posts in my thread .. or buzz me up anytime :) hope this helps..
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