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purplelizard 07-30-2009 04:43 PM

live rock pricing
Today I called two LFS's who both were selling live rock for $9 a pound, I've seen it on craigslist and other sites forfor $3-4, but I'm concerned about buying it off craigslist. Is $9 standard and, would you buy live rock off craigslist?

HardCory 07-30-2009 04:54 PM

If it's just covered in coraline algae then $9/lb sounds good. I've seen $4-$5/lb but it's just base rock. Nothing special. If you can get pics of the rock on CL then you could make a better decision. Just make sure it's purple!

jwalker314 07-30-2009 05:37 PM

my LFS has live rock for $6.99 a pound for the regular stuff and 7.99 a pound from their reef tank. both rocks have coraline algae all over them. and cheapest ive seen dry rock shipped to my area is about 2.50 a pound

purplelizard 07-30-2009 05:46 PM

Sounds good, I will definetley check out the craigslist stuff a little more before I buy anything.

purplelizard 07-30-2009 08:12 PM

purplelizard 07-30-2009 08:13 PM

scratch that I misread it thats dry rock not live rock

Cody 07-30-2009 08:39 PM

You can still get dry rock and seed it with a few pieces of LR.

I don't see why you wouldn't buy off craigslist, especially with that price. And I also don't see why it should be purple. Coraline grows everywhere. Just be sure it doesn't have aiptasia, because that sucks.

Pasfur 07-30-2009 08:55 PM

My 180 was started with 75% dry rock from Marco Rocks The finest aquarium rock available, base rock, live rock, reef rock, marco rock, reef tank saltwater fish, live corals, Marco rocks, Fiji live rock, Tonga Live rock.

It is 4 months later and you can't tell the original live rock from the dry rock. Everything is covered with life and coraline. I would order dry rock again without hesitation.

onefish2fish 07-30-2009 09:11 PM

ive gotten rock from established tanks for $1 a pound, sometimes free.

join a local reefing club.

purplelizard 07-31-2009 12:27 PM

Well ordering dry rock for sure would keep some money in my pocket to put towards a good skimmer, and if theres no difference after a few months I'm definetly going to consider it.

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