View Full Version : Cheap live rock!
05/09/2007, 09:29 PM
Raw88 is offering live rock at $1/lb. Id hate to pass this up. he has 100 lbs he needs to dump. What is a cheap/easy way to keep this alive untill we need it. I can put it in a garbage can with a NO light, heater and power head. Would that be sufficient? I'd like to give him an answer ASAP.
05/09/2007, 09:33 PM
yea i dont see why not....probibly a rubbermaid would be better than a garbage can... what is a NO light???but deff get it...make it way easyer on us in the long run...
05/09/2007, 09:35 PM
where is Raw88 located???when do you need to get it by??? i could probibly put the rubbermaid in the jeep with the rock to get it back....
05/09/2007, 09:41 PM
He's in JC. His thread is on the URS forum. NO = Normal Output flourescent.
05/09/2007, 09:44 PM
05/09/2007, 09:57 PM
are you goin to give hime a call tomorrow??? i have an empty rubbermaid...prolly 30 gallon (we'd need to get bigger) but good for temp travel...im free tomorrow night after 5:30 if he/she?? needs it gone tomorrow...let me know jerry....heres my cell
05/09/2007, 11:12 PM
Sounds good.....Lets do it!
05/10/2007, 08:15 AM
Yup i say get it, we can keep it good till the tank is ready.
05/10/2007, 11:22 AM
OK, I'll PM him. thanks!
05/10/2007, 11:34 AM
jerry didnt he say call him cause he doesnt check this that much any more?
05/10/2007, 06:49 PM
OK, I called jason (Raw88)and the rock is still available. He said there is some hair algae on it since he has been neglecting his tank of late. I suppose we can scrub it off and light deprive it till its gone. He will call me to let me know when we can pick it up. Vince, why don't you pm me your phone number so we can hook up to get it. I have a large rubbermaid tub we can transport it in and I can store it in my basement.
05/10/2007, 07:31 PM
jerry my number is a little farthur up in the thread...lol... sounds good to me....but here it is again 607-621-6155
05/10/2007, 07:36 PM
Sweet deal Jerry.....A few weeks of light deprivation will get rid of the HA and will actually prime the rock for when were ready to us it....keep the heat on the low side....75ish is good from what I have learned, Pods will take off like crazy and don't worry about changing too much water....but use a couple of powerheads to keep the flow going good. Sounds like we have a good start and some good seed rock to add to our DIY....
05/10/2007, 07:45 PM
I agree with Geo. The rock should go without light for a period of time to rid the rock of algae. After that we could just put 1 actinic bulb over it so the coralline algae stay but no bad algae come back. Just my opinion…
05/10/2007, 08:51 PM
Sounds like a plan then. Thanx for the suggestions guys. Vince, I'll call you when I hear from Jason .
05/12/2007, 02:08 PM
Well I just picked up the live rock. Man was it heavy! I have a spare 55 gallon tank that is its temporary home. I have a big powerhead on it. Hair algae isn't too bad but very little coraline algae. I'll try to remedy that by adding two part additives and kalkwasser. At least half is base rock but there are some decent pieces of live rock. If anyone has a couple of pieces of coraline covered rock they could spare for a while to help seed the tank please let me know. I threw in a couple of small pieces but it could use more. All of mine have coral on it which would die under light deprived conditions. All in all, very worth the $100.
St.james of reefdom
05/14/2007, 10:46 AM
I was thinking we should put to practice the suggestion of high alkalinity to rid the rock of bryopsis and hair algae and at the same time increase the coraline.
I believe the magnesium was pushed up to 1100 which totally knocked off the algae and increased the coralline
05/14/2007, 06:16 PM
What alkalinity is suggested James? Plus I could easily boost the Mg past 1100 ifg trhat would benefit. I keep my display at about 1300ppm.
05/14/2007, 06:54 PM
Another question, can coraline algae develop in a no light environment? How long should I leave the lights out for? There actually is more coraline on some rocks than i initially realized so it should spread quickly with some TLC.
05/14/2007, 07:08 PM
You can keep light deprived for weeks without really losing any coraline....it may pale out a bit, but once you add light it will color up with in a couple weeks....St.james has a good point, about Alk and Mag...bring them up to upper end of the scale and the HA will die off real quick as well as any other unwanted Algae's
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