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Spaghetti worm or sorts I think. 
 

 

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DSFIRSTSLTWATER
5 hours ago, Elizabeth94 said:

KPaquatics live rock just came in! It is beautiful. I did a high salinity dip to try and push crabs out but nothing came out. I bet they are all deep in the rock. I did get a pencil urchin that is alive! Place him in immediately because he was just in damp towel for the trip. Should have taken a picture of him in my hands because he is strong and won’t let go of the rock now lol!

 

It is early so my tank has a bit of UV lighting so the rock looks more orange but it is a really nice pink coral color. After everything settles I will have to rescape the tank. 

Wish I did the whole tank with this rock. I might order another box in a few months and phase out the dry rock. 

 

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omg!! That's so pretty😍. I've been tossing around the idea of live rock like that when i start my big tank..... now you might have made up my mind for me 😂

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Elizabeth94
59 minutes ago, DSFIRSTSLTWATER said:

omg!! That's so pretty😍. I've been tossing around the idea of live rock like that when i start my big tank..... now you might have made up my mind for me 😂

DO IT! Haha. 

 

I am stuck at work and all I can think about is this rock (ik what a weirdo). I just want to see if I can spot some more life. What I need is a red light for night time viewing. 

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DSFIRSTSLTWATER
On 2/18/2020 at 5:33 PM, Elizabeth94 said:

DO IT! Haha. 

 

I am stuck at work and all I can think about is this rock (ik what a weirdo). I just want to see if I can spot some more life. What I need is a red light for night time viewing. 

Nah not weird at all lol. I'd be doing the same thing probably :coolguy:

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mitten_reef
On 2/18/2020 at 4:24 PM, DSFIRSTSLTWATER said:

now you might have made up my mind for me 😂

JUST DO IT!!!! 

 

based on what I've seen in my roughly half decade on NR, set up with dead rocks usually end up with more issue than their supposed benefits of "0" pests.  Plus, you can pick up aiptasia, bubble algae, and other algae through your frags - so what's really the point.  (maybe, it's easier to set up dry scapes to your liking).  

 

You just have to inspect and monitor your new rocks for a few weeks until you're pretty certain that it's clear of any unwanted species before you start willy-nilly gluing every possible frags on them, and have a hard time removing pests afterward. If you see anything during observation period, it's easy to pull the rock with no frags, and chip off anything you don't like.    

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DSFIRSTSLTWATER
3 minutes ago, mitten_reef said:

JUST DO IT!!!! 

 

based on what I've seen in my roughly half decade on NR, set up with dead rocks usually end up with more issue than their supposed benefits of "0" pests.  Plus, you can pick up aiptasia, bubble algae, and other algae through your frags - so what's really the point.  (maybe, it's easier to set up dry scapes to your liking).  

 

You just have to inspect and monitor your new rocks for a few weeks until you're pretty certain that it's clear of any unwanted species before you start willy-nilly gluing every possible frags on them, and have a hard time removing pests afterward. If you see anything during observation period, it's easy to pull the rock with no frags, and chip off anything you don't like.    

Honestly, everyone gets all crazy about pest, but I think hitchhikers of any kind would be pretty neat. I can just imagine all the weird stuff that hides in the rocks. I wouldn't be handling it with my bare hand though 😂

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Tamberav

Ohhhh I didn't realize you got the rock same week I did! We got it from the same collection I bet 🙂

 

I love the rock too. Less hitchikers then some other venders but the color and shapes are beautiful and the rock was pretty clean. I have had some live rock that came in full of silt.

 

We all know of teenyreefs beautiful tanks and he seeded his bigger tank with half KPA and I know Metrokat back in the day used the gulf live rock for her beautiful biocube. Hitchiker fear is very overrated.

 

 

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Elizabeth94

I agree. I am actually hating the dry rock that is in my tank right now. I might hold off on adding corals and such until warmer weather and get another shipment of rock. I haven't seen any crabs yet. I am wondering if it was just too cold to be shipped to RI. 

 

And of course I wanted to try and rescape today and the two dry rock pieces I wanted to remove, I couldnt. Pencil urchin locked onto one, and my RFA stuck on the other. Story of my life haha. Tank looks like poop right now it's embarrassing. LMAO

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EthanPhillyCheesesteak

What’s the best live rock for getting hitchhikers? I heard that saltybottomreefcompany has good rock for hitchhikers.

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Tamberav
12 minutes ago, EthanPhillyCheesesteak said:

What’s the best live rock for getting hitchhikers? I heard that saltybottomreefcompany has good rock for hitchhikers.

Tampa bay is #1 - they ship in water to an airport near you. The water is key for keeping all the hitchikers alive. It is $100 just for shipping but you can even get live fish. You will get pretty much no cycle with this rock as it will all be living. 

 

I got a good amount of hitchikers with gulf live rock, its sent priority mail so a few days in wet towels and affordable. Plenty of stuff dies due to slower shipping but plenty of it comes back too. I ended up with corals (favia and cup corals, sometimes a rose coral or gorg), macro, urchins, cucumbers, clam like things, crabs, aptasia, and mantis shrimp. The rock is heavy and filthy but plenty of life. 

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1 minute ago, Tamberav said:

Tampa bay is #1 - they ship in water to an airport near you. The water is key for keeping all the hitchikers alive. It is $100 just for shipping but you can even get live fish. 

 

I got a good amount of hitchikers with gulf live rock, its sent priority and affordable. Plenty of stuff dies due to slower shipping but plenty of it comes back too. I ended up with corals (favia and cup corals, sometimes a rose coral or gorg), macro, urchins, crabs, aptasia, and mantis shrimp

I may get one of these for my tank for college, I would rather get Tampa bay, but it’s kinda expensive. What’s the cheapest amount I can get? I can only have up to a 10 gallon tank in my dorm.

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EthanPhillyCheesesteak

Speaking of college tho, I found a Hagen Fluval evo 6 gallon tank that’s near me for 40 bucks and it’s brand new. That would probably make a nice tank for my dorm, what do you guys think? I like how shallow it is. 

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Tamberav
26 minutes ago, EthanPhillyCheesesteak said:

I may get one of these for my tank for college, I would rather get Tampa bay, but it’s kinda expensive. What’s the cheapest amount I can get? I can only have up to a 10 gallon tank in my dorm.

its always 100 for shipping regardless how much you get. 

 

I would never cure gulf live rock or others in a dorm. That would STINK so bad. They would probably make you remove it and your room mate would hate you. Actually the entire hall might hate you.

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Elizabeth94
16 minutes ago, EthanPhillyCheesesteak said:

Speaking of college tho, I found a Hagen Fluval evo 6 gallon tank that’s near me for 40 bucks and it’s brand new. That would probably make a nice tank for my dorm, what do you guys think? I like how shallow it is. 

 

I always liked the look of the fluval evo tanks, I say got for it! 

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2 minutes ago, Elizabeth94 said:

 

I always liked the look of the fluval evo tanks, I say got for it! 

I think I will, bc it also comes with a full set up. A light for the tank, a filter and sand. As well as a heater too I think. I think that’s a good deal for $40

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mcarroll
12 hours ago, Tamberav said:

its always 100 for shipping regardless how much you get. 

 

I would never cure gulf live rock or others in a dorm. That would STINK so bad. They would probably make you remove it and your room mate would hate you. Actually the entire hall might hate you.

He would become legendary -- like the jackass who would blow up the best toilet on the floor every Friday with a football sized.....contribution....that was impossible to flush as soon as the cleaning staff left

 

Legendary.  But not in a good way.   LOL

 

Spending (and waiting) for TBSaltwater's bagged rock sounds like it would be well worth the minor expense.  (If the expense isn't minor, then keeping a reef in college might not be the best idea anyway....it tends to be expensive to a degree no matter how you slice it.)

 

Cut that expense by ordering your rock with one or more other folks -- split the rock and split the shipping.

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Thrassian Atoll

Rock looks great!  Should definitely help with some biodiversity.

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EthanPhillyCheesesteak
8 hours ago, mcarroll said:

He would become legendary -- like the jackass who would blow up the best toilet on the floor every Friday with a football sized.....contribution....that was impossible to flush as soon as the cleaning staff left

 

Legendary.  But not in a good way.   LOL

 

Spending (and waiting) for TBSaltwater's bagged rock sounds like it would be well worth the minor expense.  (If the expense isn't minor, then keeping a reef in college might not be the best idea anyway....it tends to be expensive to a degree no matter how you slice it.)

 

Cut that expense by ordering your rock with one or more other folks -- split the rock and split the shipping.

I’m getting a tank no matter what, bc I don’t want to just throw away all that I’ve accomplished and all the money I’ve put in. So a tank in college is a definite. 

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But that is a good idea to find someone else who has one and split the price. We could even do the same for corals. I get a certain type of coral and then he gets a different kind and whenever one grows large enough we could just trade and give each other frags. That could honestly fill up the tank pretty fast if we did it that way

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