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Old 08/28/2006, 01:39 AM   #1
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online LR supplier - opinions

I am looking for feedback on a good online store for a decent size LR purchase (~250 lb). Ive browsed Jeff's Exotic Fish, Premium Aquatics, Reefer Madness, even Foster Smith. Any others? Or would anyone recommend any of the above? Looking for Fiji or Marshall types, and no aquacultured (FL) stuff, had that before and didnt like it. Cured or uncured doesn't matter. But consistent quality does. thx


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Old 08/28/2006, 01:49 AM   #2
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Reefer Madness is a good one.


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Old 08/28/2006, 05:07 AM   #3
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Reefermadness... check my homepage for a couple pics (little red house) Awesome rock.... Good price in the end!! That and he'll probably give you a deal if you order alot... I got Pukani with some Fiji as base.. (to save a little) If you order though, call in person,, They are good people to talk to!!


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Old 08/28/2006, 06:59 AM   #4
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All Fiji trans-shipped comes from the same supplier, Walt Smith. I'd just go with the best price. Nowadays, anyway, the LR you're going to get out of Fiji is not going to be what it was 5 years ago, not in my experience. Most is pretty white, non-encrusted stuff, maybe some Forams, but not much else.


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Old 08/28/2006, 07:34 AM   #5
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i love my premium aquatics rock ... check out tampabaysaltwater.com as well.


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Old 08/28/2006, 08:37 AM   #6
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Call Dale at floridaliverock.com 813-948-9121

Awesome rock, great pricing and very accommodating.


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Old 08/28/2006, 09:55 AM   #7
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thanks for the feedback -- Reefer Madness also has the Fiji and Tonga "specialized" variants that are a step above the base Fiji stuff (of course at a premium). I may give them a call and ask about it and get a mix. They seemed like the straightest shooters, by including the shipping cost in the price of the rock, etc.

I'm real wary about buying anything from FL, I got some cultured stuff a few years ago and hated it. Weighed at least twice as much as the (admittedly less sustainably) harvested S. Pacific stuff. And guess where most of the phosphate mines are in the US? FL!


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Old 08/28/2006, 11:16 AM   #8
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http://www.livestockusa.org/SITEMAP.html
having a sale right now.....rock arrives and looks just like the pics!


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Old 08/28/2006, 11:18 AM   #9
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I have purchased a 50 lb bock from reefscience.com for evaluation purposes.


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Old 08/28/2006, 01:02 PM   #10
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Check out... TAMPABAYSALTWATER...

look at the coral deco rock... lots of life.. sponges, tunicates, coraline algae, etc........

lots of hitchikers good and bad...


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Old 08/29/2006, 03:41 PM   #11
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Thanks Earl for giving us a shot... We appreciate the business...

Thanks again,
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Old 08/29/2006, 06:11 PM   #12
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All Fiji trans-shipped comes from the same supplier, Walt Smith.
That most certainly is not true at all. We have been using a source of Fiji for the last 10yrs that has been absolutely amazing. We did have a small leave with the supplier while they were down for a year or so and the rock quality definitely suffered. This down time was about two years ago, all the way up until about this time last year. We then picked back up where we left off with our old supplier and the Fiji is absolutely stunning again!

There is still good Fiji liverock on the market, it is just not quite as plentiful as what it used to be. HTH!


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Old 08/29/2006, 08:08 PM   #13
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They rarely get mentioned around here but I took a shot with rock from saltycritter.com What set them apart with others I talked to is even though I was getting dropshipped rock they were willing to help me selct size and shapes. They did an incredible job and they were very nice to deal with. On top of all that the rock arrived better than expected and was a great price. They also steered me away from a more expensive rock telling me that it hasn't been coming in as nice as it used to.

I got 100lbs of Uaniva rock and the toal weight of what I ordered was 126 lbs, in other words it wasn't a 50lb box of rock with 10lbs. being the box itself.

http://saltycritter.com/liverock.htm

Sorry for the blurry photo but here is what a 50lb. box looks like.



After curing...




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Old 08/29/2006, 08:21 PM   #14
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Old 08/29/2006, 08:31 PM   #15
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Peter Eichler that is some great looking rock!!!

I only have experience from ReeferMadness as I ordered a bunch of their Fiji about a year ago and I just put in an order for some of the Kaelini and Buna for a new tank I am doing.

IME they have some great rock!!


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Old 08/29/2006, 09:13 PM   #16
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I used Marine Depot for 44 LBS of fiji. Nice rock a little pricey. Its my first live rock order so I have nothing to compare against. Marine Depot support is also very good as I had made a mistake on my order and they cought it and called me with the correction.

Peter Eichler did you use glue to get that formation to stay. Nice looking.


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Old 08/29/2006, 09:26 PM   #17
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I used Marine Depot for 44 LBS of fiji. Nice rock a little pricey. Its my first live rock order so I have nothing to compare against. Marine Depot support is also very good as I had made a mistake on my order and they cought it and called me with the correction.

Peter Eichler did you use glue to get that formation to stay. Nice looking.
Nope, no glue. Despite how it may look it is rather stable. Sadly I get to start over this week since I've decided to swap out the tank due to some scratches. I figured better to do it now than before I've added and sps or fish.


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Old 08/29/2006, 09:50 PM   #18
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I bought 120lbs of LR from http://www.intmarinefish.com/ they were really good to work with. I called them on the phone told them what I was planning to do and what type/color of rock I wanted and that's exactly what I got. They sent me a bunch of very nice flat long pieces that I built a "SPS Walkway" with The rock I got has green/red/maroon/teal/blue/orange colorations from the different stuff(I know it's a technical word) that was on the rock. I would buy from them again. and their prices weren't to bad.


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Old 08/30/2006, 11:12 AM   #19
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Thanks again for the feedback!

I went ahead and called Reefer Madness and ordered up a mix of their Fiji buna (66#), Fiji kaelini (88#), Fiji show (88#), and a couple big pieces of their cured kaelini (because I figure it's been seeded by their aquarium-surviving microlife). Chris told me it should all be pretty large pieces, maybe 2 doz total. I already have about 70# of some old "dead" fiji and tonga that will also be sprinkled in (its been bubbling in a plastic container for many months). It will be for a 270g reef when it's all said and done.

I'll try to get some photos and post them as the project moves along.

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Old 08/30/2006, 11:17 AM   #20
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Yes, please take some pics when you get it. I'll be placing an order soon for my 90g tank upgrade, and would like to get an idea of what's out there for LR.

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Old 08/30/2006, 11:52 AM   #21
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Reeferrock is good. Check out there site. www.reeferrock.com

Captn Jer will hook you up!!!!!


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