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Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by BedScien » Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:35 pm

I would like to hear any interesting experiences you've had while keeping live rock?

Any notable experience, good or bad, is valuable. I'm especially interested, though, in anything you are glad you did or regret doing when adding live rock to a tank.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by hadla » Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:54 pm

I picked up a piece to move to another tank and once I put it down, realized I had come within half an inch of touching a bristle worm x.x

On the other hand, I love seeing what will appear from new pieces! Especially cute little baby serpent stars! <3

Would love to find a baby mantis shrimp!
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by hadla » Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:03 pm

Also love finding ones that have barnacles :) like this one that is covered in them!
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by BedScien » Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:48 pm

hadla wrote:I picked up a piece to move to another tank and once I put it down, realized I had come within half an inch of touching a bristle worm x.x

On the other hand, I love seeing what will appear from new pieces! Especially cute little baby serpent stars! <3

Would love to find a baby mantis shrimp!
haha! I'm so excited to see what critters I get! Reminds me of buying pokemon cards xD

i've heard of bristle worms, are they a bit bitey?

I hear that the ultimate fail is getting a bobbit worm. Or as one victim described the 'A steroid worm from hell'
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by Welch4 » Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:23 pm

Bristle worms are basically equivalent to fiberglass on steriods. Tip if you brush into one use can use tape to pull the spines out. I love that my puff will actively search the live rock for critters. And at night mine have a colony of micro brittle stars that come out.
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by BedScien » Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:42 pm

Welch4 wrote:Bristle worms are basically equivalent to fiberglass on steriods. Tip if you brush into one use can use tape to pull the spines out. I love that my puff will actively search the live rock for critters. And at night mine have a colony of micro brittle stars that come out.
yeah i'm looking foward to giving my gsp something to entertain himself with. is ur tank FOWLR? how often do you do water changes?
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by hadla » Sat Dec 20, 2014 4:34 am

Had a dream that one finger brushed against a bristle worm and it burned like hell! I can still remember that feeling of pain...

Awww pics, welch!!!

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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by Welch4 » Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:44 am

I always have really bad luck with pics, about the only good one ive taken is my avatar. Wouldnt exactly call it a reef tank as all my frags are pretty small but. . . Frogspawn, blue green and orange mushrooms, candy, trumpet, fungiplate, green star polyps, kenyan leather, toadstool, 4 colors of zoas, 2 colors of acans, black sun, and a small forest of pulsing zenias. The only thing the little guy won't stand in his tank are feather dusters. But it is his tank so I fully understand if he decides to eat all of the corals some day. As i havent gotten my skimmer yet i just monitor my nitrates. Depending on how heavily i feed the corals i do a 20 or 50% weekly or every other week to keep my trates sub 15ppm. I am also running a small hob fuge with mud/cheato and an aquatic life edge fixture.
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by Welch4 » Sat Dec 20, 2014 1:18 pm

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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by hadla » Sat Dec 20, 2014 1:31 pm

Nice tank, but I meant pics of the tiny stars :P
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by Welch4 » Sat Dec 20, 2014 2:00 pm

I know this was a primer. Ill see if i can use some suction to get one to an area that i take a pic.
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by hadla » Sat Dec 20, 2014 3:57 pm

:D hope it works!
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by Welch4 » Sun Dec 21, 2014 11:40 pm

So about all ive been able to get a pic of are two arms starting to come out of a crevice. Seems like whenever one is about the come out a hermit or an emerald crab will scare hem back in. Ill keep trying.
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by hadla » Sun Dec 21, 2014 11:45 pm

Lol thanks for trying, but it's ok
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by El Scorpio » Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:02 pm

Oh, I've had brittle stars, a gorgeous red mushroom, a rather unique looking aiptasia that my fiance forbid me from smiting, bristle worms, a couple of polyps, sponge, and other critters I couldn't even begin to identify.

Alas, I was forced to tear down my tank, and all of my live rock is quite dead now.

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