Your experiences with Live Rock

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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by dma1976 » Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:32 am

With just one small 1 lb piece added to my tank I got so many cool things..... A few brittle stars that came out at night, two white anenomes, feather dusters, a sponge, a barnacle, lots of pods and I'm sure a few more. The thing I loved the most was when I woke up one night and saw a star stuck on the glass for the first time, now that was cool. I also really enjoyed watching that 1 live piece "seed" the others having things start growing on them.

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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by BedScien » Tue Dec 23, 2014 5:50 pm

El Scorpio wrote: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.

Thats awesome! I'm pumped to get started! :D

quote With just one small 1 lb piece added to my tank I got so many cool things..... A few brittle stars that came out at night, two white anenomes, feather dusters, a sponge, a barnacle, lots of pods and I'm sure a few more. The thing I loved the most was when I woke up one night and saw a star stuck on the glass for the first time, now that was cool. I also really enjoyed watching that 1 live piece "seed" the others having things start growing on them. quote

That sounds amazing! :) Did you buy some dry/artificial rock or make some DIY rock yourself?
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by hadla » Tue Dec 23, 2014 7:26 pm

dma1976 wrote:With just one small 1 lb piece added to my tank I got so many cool things..... A few brittle stars that came out at night, two white anenomes, feather dusters, a sponge, a barnacle, lots of pods and I'm sure a few more. The thing I loved the most was when I woke up one night and saw a star stuck on the glass for the first time, now that was cool. I also really enjoyed watching that 1 live piece "seed" the others having things start growing on them.
Wow! Just from one piece! Lucky :P

I was so excited when I started in saltwater too lol... I loved the idea that you get surprised out of what comes out of live rock
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by hadla » Tue Dec 23, 2014 7:27 pm

Lol a few days ago, I was putting a piece into the biocube a and felt something live touch my hand and freaked out cause I thought it'd be a bristle worm but it was just a copepod XD
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by El Scorpio » Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:29 am

Sometimes, when you reach down deep into the live rock bin at the LFS, you feel something grab your finger. It can be quite startling.

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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by hadla » Wed Dec 24, 2014 1:05 am

El Scorpio wrote:Sometimes, when you reach down deep into the live rock bin at the LFS, you feel something grab your finger. It can be quite startling.
Ha! I might have to bring my gloves from now on!
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by BedScien » Thu Dec 25, 2014 7:17 am

El Scorpio wrote:Sometimes, when you reach down deep into the live rock bin at the LFS, you feel something grab your finger. It can be quite startling.
hahaha jeez
and get pulled in and eaten

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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by dma1976 » Sun Dec 28, 2014 5:50 pm

Funny El Scorpio!

I actually just had my old formally bleached coral pieces in there as I was using that before :redface: and the feather dusters started growin on them! The plan was to put base rock in there and more live rock when I moved it to the other room.

The plan for the new tank is base rock and live rock with fresh sand. Kind of excited to start fresh!

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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by BedScien » Sun Dec 28, 2014 5:55 pm

Oh cool!

I hope someone develops and sells cheap DIY live rock soon. There's gotta be a killing to be made and not much room for error in selling lightweight, oddly shaped, porous rock to enthused hobbyists who care about the wild reef environment.
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by Welch4 » Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:49 pm

There are videos online, and actually i thought you posted a link to it but i could be wrong, of making diy live rock with cement mixed with crushed oystershells pressed into sand molds lines with rocksalt. The results were pretty good. But getting the rock seeded does take a while.
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by BedScien » Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:15 am

Yeah that was me :) I'm giving it a go this year! :)
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by Welch4 » Mon Dec 29, 2014 10:06 pm

So i finally got a full pic of one of the micro stars.

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But all the time I spent trying to get this pic I found a couple 4"+ plus bristles. I didnt mind these guys when they are small but they get creepy when the're big IMO.
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by hadla » Mon Dec 29, 2014 10:21 pm

Awww I love the baby stars! :D wish I had some
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Re: Your experiences with Live Rock

Post by BedScien » Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:26 pm

Awesome, Welch! Thanks for getting that!

Has any of you lots LR ever sprouted something dangerous

There's a really funny thread on another forum in a few people are brainstorming with a guy on a way to get a bobbit worm out of his tank. They get pretty creative - one of them describes it as a 'steroid worm from hell'. I can try and dig it up if anyone wants to see it xD
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