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Old 11/22/2007, 08:19 PM   #1
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Best way to buy small amounts of LR?

How is everyone else buying LR for their nano set ups? So far tampa bay saltwater sounds like it has the best LR and prices are good, but I feel like shipping could be a bit of a mystery roll... I'm guessing around $60 for airfreight of 15lbs LR and 10lbs LS. Other than that the next best price is but it's either buying 10 lbs or 20 lbs, so I'd have a little extra for the other tank buying 20 lbs. Basically it would be same ballpark for the price. If I bought from a local store the cheapest I could find is 7.99, I would get to handpick but we're looking at $120 just for the rocks and the bagged livesand is like 20-30 bucks, so again same ballpark, I would get to handpick but overall quality isn't the best... sure it's alive with some coralline but that's about it...

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Old 11/22/2007, 08:26 PM   #2
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what about local reefers? someone is always breaking down a tank on my local forum and it sells for 2-3$.

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Old 11/22/2007, 08:39 PM   #3
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Where are you located? You can also substitute live rock with lace rock. Its relatively cheap, but it is sold dry, so you do not get all of the "critters". I would just mix in a few pieces of that with my live rock if cost is a major factor. There is a company out of Florida that sells Fiji rock on E-Bay for $2 a pound, but you have to buy a minimum of 45 pounds. Shipping was free the last time I bought from them, and it was beautiful rock. If you will search for them I am sure you can find it, and if not, I will see if I can dig a link up.


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Old 11/22/2007, 08:45 PM   #4
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Petco has Walt Smith liverock. Do a Google on Walt Smith liverock. It's made artificially, but it's made of calcium carbonate and they dump it into the ocean for awhile to seed it. It's full of coralline and looks good. You can't tell the difference plus no cycling. They have small, medium, and large categories. You can buy one piece at a time as you can afford it.

Absolutely no die-off and you're animals will never know the difference.

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