BRS Pukani Dry Live Rock

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BRS Pukani Rock is by far our customer’s favorite rock.  It yields the most volume per pound compared to other styles of rock, with tons of nooks and crannies for corals to be placed and small critters to hide out.  BRS Pukani Rock is pest and algae free to give the best start for any new tank.  It also has the ability to be shaped, drilled, or cut depending on the aquascape it will be used with.


Unable to ship to Canada


Pukani is available in a wide variety of sizes.



  • BRS Pukani Dry Live Rock is generally less than 20" in diameter. Sold by the pound with no minimum order.

  • BRS Pukani Large 20+" Dry Live Rock is generally 20" or more in diameter. Sold by the pound with a minimum order of 30 lbs.


 


BRS recommends curing all rock before being used in an established system

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Sold by the pound

Why does BRS recommend this?

BRS Pukani Rock is by far our customer’s favorite rock.  It yields the most volume per pound compared to other styles of rock, with tons of nooks and crannies for corals to be placed and small critters to hide out.  BRS Pukani Rock is pest and algae free to give the best start for any new tank.  It also has the ability to be shaped, drilled, or cut depending on the aquascape it will be used with.

Unable to ship to Canada

Pukani is available in a wide variety of sizes.

  • BRS Pukani Dry Live Rock is generally less than 20" in diameter. Sold by the pound with no minimum order.
  • BRS Pukani Large 20+" Dry Live Rock is generally 20" or more in diameter. Sold by the pound with a minimum order of 30 lbs.

 

BRS recommends curing all rock before being used in an established systemMore

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Hi,

I am a complete newbie - how much rock and sand would i need for a 24 gallon reef tank?

Thanks again,

Joe
Question by: joe on Apr 4, 2014 4:54:00 PM
Hey Joe,
I would get right about 25lbs. That should give you plenty to work with!
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Apr 4, 2014 4:54:00 PM
How many pounds would I need for a reef tank with dimensions of 36x17x25 approx 65 gallons? Thanks, Eric.
Question by: Eric on Oct 27, 2013 12:10:00 PM
Hey Eric,
For a nice middle of the road aquascape, 1lb per gallon is a good ballpark value (so 65lbs). Never hurts to have some extra though, helps with aquascaping when you have more rocks to chose from and if you end up with extra's you can always throw them in the sump, break them up to use as frag plugs, etc.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Oct 27, 2013 12:10:00 PM
question about the pukani rock. how many pounds is one rock
Question by: dana on Sep 8, 2013 11:38:00 AM
Hi Dana,
No two rocks are the same but a football size piece will generally be right in the ball park of 7-8lbs or so.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Sep 8, 2013 11:38:00 AM
Generally how many pieces of rock would come in a 15 lb shipment? I have a 45gal and don't necessarily want a 15lb rock but several smaller rocks.

Thanks

Ryan
Question by: Ryan on Mar 24, 2014 5:58:00 AM
Hi Ryan,
As far as rock goes, pukani is one of the larger types so your typical 15lbs would usually be something like 3-5 rocks at their smallest sizes.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Mar 24, 2014 5:58:00 AM
Can you help me estimate how many pounds of dry rock I will need? I'm starting a 120 gallon 4ft reef tank with refugium. I plan to build a rounded top mound that sits in the center of the tank with interesting holes and recesses.
Question by: John on Apr 26, 2014 8:55:00 AM
Hey John,
I would go with something right in the ball park of 110-120lbs. Having a bit extra in your situation might not hurt either as its sounds like you have something pretty specialized in mind. Having those extra pieces will help make sure you have enough to work with as your design your aquascape. If there is any left over when your done you can always throw it in the sump as filtration, break it up and use it as frag plugs, etc.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Apr 26, 2014 8:55:00 AM
Hi,
Another rookie here :) I have a 75 gallon tank and after hours of you tube videos and your BRS tutorials, I think have decided on the Pukani. My question is, your website says the 20+ is out of stock; do you know when it will be available? and/or would the 20 work in my tank? I am not opposed to the Reef saver either.. maybe a little of both? Thoughts and suggestions welcome !
Thanks !
Question by: Lisa on Mar 28, 2016 2:30:00 PM
Great question!
For a standard 75 gallon you will not want the 20"+ as it will be way too big for your tank. the regular pieces will be perfect! You will want around 50 lbs of Pukani. You certainly can mix reef saver and pukani however for best aquascape and design using a single type of rock tends too look better during the first several months of the tank being set up. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 29, 2016 1:23:00 PM
I've read in some forums that Pukani may be high in phosphates. Is this true, if so, how to remove it during the curing stage?
Question by: Kenneth Smolana on Mar 30, 2016 5:58:00 PM
Great question!
Pukani rock will have some dead algae and sponges on it which can eventually break down. To resolve this you will simply cure the rock in a heated saltwater container and let the bacteria convert eh dead material into phosphate and nitrates. These elements will be drawn off the rock and put into the water and changing the water will remove the phosphate and nitrate. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 30, 2016 7:07:00 PM
Hello! I'm am setting up a reefer XL 525. How much live sand live rock or dead rock do you recommend? I plan on keeping some sànd sifter so would like smooth sand. Would like to create 2 pillars and one smaller cave in the center. Thanks
Question by: TODD EOSSO on Mar 21, 2016 7:08:00 PM
Great question!
For a sand bed of 1.5" we recommend 80 lbs of sand total. Fiji Pink sand is our personal favorite and will be large enough for high flow tanks and small enough for sand sifters. As for the Pukani you will want around 75 -90 lbs for a great aquascape. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 22, 2016 11:09:00 AM
Hello,

I have a glass aquarium that is 72 inches long, 26 inches tall and 18 inches deep with corner (both) drains. How much Pukani Dry Live Rock should I get? I understand that this type of rock is easy to work with for aquascaping at least according to BRS videos. I have read that it is recommenced to get one pound of rock per gallon and I have a 150 gallon tank. Does this recommendation still apply with Pukani since it is lighter? This is my first saltwater tank.

Thank you
Question by: David on Jan 19, 2016 9:48:00 AM
Great question!
You will typically want a little less than 1 lb per gallon with Pukani because of how porous it is. on a 150 gallon we typically recommend starting with around 100 lbs of Pukani. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jan 27, 2016 2:38:00 PM
Hello I have a question as I am also a newbie to the hobby and will be starting my 1st reef tank ever. So just wanted to know how much of this pukani rock would I need for a 4 feet long. Wide I think it's about 24in. 75 gl tank and when ordering do I have to ask for specific sizes of this rock or do the just send a box with random sizes for you to work with. Thanks in advance
Question by: Ed. on Mar 10, 2016 1:15:00 AM
Great question!
You will want around 50 lbs of rock to work with in the tank. Overall you can request during the shipping comments section specific sizes however our standard pukani will all work well in a 75 gallon tank. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 10, 2016 1:45:00 PM
Hello,

I am getting ready to upsize from 90 gal to 125 gal and want to do some new aquascaping. If I build the structure while the rock is dry (make some flat bottoms and/or dowel or epoxy pieces together) and then cure it in a separate container, would I still be able to epoxy/glue it into the new tank after being cured? If so, what would be the best epoxy or glue to adhere this to the glass bottom?
Thanks,
Tom
Question by: Tom on Jan 20, 2016 3:05:00 PM
Great question!
You can certainly use epoxy and super glue on the cured rock just fine. the super glue and reef epoxy will cure while wet and can work well. If you are looking to glue to the bottom of a glass tank it can be tough and many people would recommend using egg crate and mounting with epoxy. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jan 27, 2016 7:50:00 PM
can any of your dry rock be used in cichlid tank
Question by: dan on May 2, 2016 8:02:00 PM
Great question!
It certainly could work. Reef saver would be a better option as it does not contain as much decaying material.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 3, 2016 5:40:00 PM
On my order that I am placing for dry rock, please pick out anything large in shape, basketball & foot ball shape. I have an 19"X19"X7' 220 Gallon.
Question by: Paul Giurco on Mar 11, 2016 5:13:00 AM
Hey there Paul,
Please feel free to leave notes about rocks on the shipping comments section during check out. This is a form for our warehouse to view before selecting your pieces! Feel Free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 11, 2016 9:07:00 AM
I just received 50# of dry Pukani and it looks awesome!
I will cure the dry rock before adding to the tank to get rid of residual organics/phosphates/nutrients but I want to hone down a couple details before I start. I read the recommendations that saltwater be used during this curing, but I’m cheap, is it ok to use freshwater or RODI instead? I’m wondering what is the advantage of using saltwater, if all we are doing is breaking down and flushing out available nutrients over time. With first freshwater and later RODI, I would change the water more frequently and hopefully speed up the process. Is this thought process correct?
What is the preferred temperature range during this curing process?
What ppm phosphates should I wait to see before turning on the lights and seed with live rock? Thanks!
Question by: James on Apr 19, 2016 11:54:00 AM
Hey there!
We do not recommend curing with freshwater as it simply will increase the time for bio-film to build up on the rock. When using salt water the bacteria will be able to begin populating right away and is the correct bacteria for the system. Temp should be at 78 degrees without the lights on. Ideally after large 100% water changes the phosphate should read below 3-6 ppm. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 26, 2016 12:39:00 PM
I am setting up the Innovative marine mini 38, with a usable dimension of 14.72x23.62x19.02, and I am not sure which size and how much I should order. I was looking at ordering 30 to 40 pounds but I did not want to receive all small pieces, but I am afraid that the 20"+ will be far to large and I will end up having to cut it up anyways. What would your recommendation be for the order?
Question by: Mark on Jun 18, 2014 1:26:00 PM
Hi Mark,
For a tank that size I would get 30-40lbs of the normal pukani. Pukani is generally large by its nature and 20" + pieces are often even larger then that and almost for sure would be bigger than the tank :-)
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jun 18, 2014 1:26:00 PM
Hi do you ship to the UK?
Question by: Keithley martin on Jan 25, 2016 1:24:00 AM
Hi there!
Thank you for your interest in Bulk Reef Supply. At the moment we are currently only able to ship to the US and Canada. For further information on our shipping policies please check out our shipping information located at http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/customer-center/customer-service/shipping-delivery
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 3, 2016 11:59:00 AM
I noticed the your rock says you pukani is free of nuisance algae and debris. Does it still have to be cured before going into a new tank for cycle process?
Question by: Justin on Apr 6, 2014 3:06:00 AM
Hi Justin,
You would absolutely want to cure/cycle this rock in a separate container. There is no live pests, algae, etc but there may still be organic matter that will break down on the rock and its just better to make sure that doesn't happen in an existing reef tank.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Apr 6, 2014 3:06:00 AM
Hello, if I was to buy dry rock and put in qty of 15 would I get 15 rocks or 15 pounds?
Question by: Jon on Mar 7, 2014 3:11:00 PM
Hi Jon,
All of the rock is sold by the pound. If you order a quantity of 15lbs you would receive 15lbs of rock.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Mar 7, 2014 3:11:00 PM
The 20+" pukani. Are they all about 20+" or are some bigger. The rocks smaller than 20". Would I expect to get rocks as small as 5 inches. Or are they just under 20". Will I get a variation of sizes.
Question by: dana on Nov 23, 2013 8:05:00 PM
Hi Dana,
The 20" + pukani is rocks that have a dimension that is 20" and bigger. They can get much larger then 20". Rocks that aren't 20" or bigger would all have dimensions that are smaller then 20".
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Nov 23, 2013 8:05:00 PM

Full Details

BRS Pukani Dry Aquarium Live Rock - our lightest and most porous and full of holes that become nice homes and passage ways for your tank's inhabitants. Like all of our dry rock, Pukani is free of nuisance algae and pests which can cause complete tank shut downs. It is guaranteed to be free of apitasia, bubble algae, parasitic isopods, mantis shrimp, acro eating flat worms, little red bugs, fire worms, predatory nudibranchs, pyramidellid snails and other common pests.

 

Using Dry Rock has the following advantages:

  • Low initial cost on premium types of rock.
  • Pound for pound a way better value - no water weight.
  • Can be shipped standard UPS ground which saves a fortune on shipping.
  • Absolutely pest free. This is the most important reason. This allows you to completely avoid all of the most common aquarium pests that plague most aquarists.


BRS makes every effort to securely pack the Rock. However, the UPS automation is not always gentle on heavy products like this and they do not consider this product insurable. Because of this, there is some inherent risk with shipping rock like this across the country and it is impossible to replace or refund broken pieces. If this happens most pieces can be repaired with epoxy.

NOTE: This rock does come out of the ocean and may have some dead material on it such as sponges or other critters. We strongly suggest soaking or curing the rock before use in an active aquarium.

Dry live rock is not available for shipment to Canada due to high tariffs. Please consider Reef Saver rock as it is not subject to these fees and is our favorite of the dry rocks available.

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  • Outstanding By Rob on 4/28/2016

    Better than expected. Large pieces, fast shipping.
  • Excellent purchase By OnalaskaBill on 4/23/2016

    I really like this rock. I received 4 huge pieces and 3 medium pieces in my 60 lb order. Perfect for my new 75 gallon tank. It is very easy to "customize" these rocks with a small wood chisel, hammer, and hack saw. I made caves and tunnels, and flattened the bottoms of several pieces to get them to stand the way I wanted. So many places for critters to live in. The pieces that I have touching look like they belong there. Easy to hide seams. Not to mention the flash shipping I received.
  • As advertised By Daniel on 4/17/2016

    Even though I'm a newbie to reefing I chose the pukani not only because of the price but also because of it arriving free of pests and unwanted organisms in a new tank. I've placed 3 to 4 seperate orders ranging in different weights. Each order arrived within 3-5 days in well packaged boxes and with the correct weight of rock. Also, while inspecting the rock I have found very little dried up organic materials like sponges or algae. Pukani is super easy to aquascape with and I feel it looks the best in my reef aquarium. Couple more orders of pukani to go before my build is done and I will only get it from BRS.
  • The ideal rock for every tank By Millz on 4/17/2016

    This is my 2nd attempt at the reefing hobby. My first trial was semi successful, however it wasn't until I started following BRS that I started using during the full concept. With that they recommended Pukani and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The rock is extremely light and very porous. It's ideal for every situation.....if you're looking for intricate wow your eyes rocks, this is it. They have so many crevices, alot of caves, overhang and highly resistance to nuisance algae. I would love to have a 5000 gallon tank just because last love the way the rock looks.

    I've ordered Pukani about 6 times and is very satisfied with the rock. Also roughly 60 lbs was good enough for my 90 gallon reef. You will not be disappointed......I know I wasn't.
  • Nice looking By Roy on 4/16/2016

    One piece of this Pukani resembled the nicest advertised piece except no where even close to as clean. The other pieces looked like just any other rock but light and easily worked for tunnels It was nice size and I am satisfied. Lots of critters and most of rock dark stained. Requires a lot of cleaning I even pressure washed and soaked in chlorox solution.
  • Love the rock! I will be getting more for my next tank set up. By Andrew on 4/7/2016

    Ordered 30 pounds of the larger rock and 60 of the normal size. I got way more than I imagined I would. The larger rock was huge. Atleast 25-30" diameter.
  • Great Barrier Reef! By Jordan on 3/31/2016

    I received my Pukani Dry Live Rock last night. All I can say is wow! I ordered 60 pounds for my tank and I was a bit of a skeptic at first glance. When I opened the box I knew that BRS delivered. I had one rock about 12lbs, 4 rocks at 8lbs and a few smaller ones. They all look great and were way more than I expected. I can't wait to get these boulders in my tank!
  • awesome rock. By robert on 3/28/2016

    i just got my 70 pounds dry rock. it was delivered on time. i absolutely love it. I am about to order another 70. .
  • really easy to work with By brian on 3/25/2016

    This is my first try with setting up an aquarium with dry rock and I really liked how easy it was to aquascape. I haven't filled the aquarium with water yet but so far I am really happy with this rock
  • Read before purchasing By Joe on 3/18/2016

    The Pukani I received was damp (not dripping, just damp) and had a pretty foul smell to it.

    I will agree with this comment "The rock wasn't even close to the classic 'Pukani' rock".

    The best way to describe it would be a hybrid of Pukani and Fiji.

    Nothing "wowed" me unfortunately and it weighed significantly more being damp over other Pukani I've acquired.

    Quickly after working the rock I noticed TONS of dead and rotting organics inside. It was collected in the pockets of the rock and resembled dirt compost.

    This would DEFINITELY be the cause of the Pukani dry rock Phosphate leech issues this rock is notorious for. Maybe that is why it is labeled "Dry Live Rock"... and why BRS lists this disclaimer:

    " NOTE: This rock does come out of the ocean and may have some dead material on it such as sponges or other critters. We strongly suggest soaking or curing the rock before use in an active aquarium. "

    ^ I will thoroughly have to rinse and flush prior to curing. (Curing is a must with this rock)

    If this will effect your timeline in starting your new tank you might want to consider an alternative rock such as Reef Saver.

    This will save you both time and headaches down the road; ESPECIALLY if your just starting out.

    All in all if you can get past what is mentioned above, Pukani is a decent rock for your tank.
  • A rock that build the foundation By Garnett on 3/16/2016

    I absolutely enjoy working with the Pukani Rock. Unlike those heavy rocks you buy at your local store that filled with brittle worms and hard to aquascape; this will forever change your mind. It's light and very porous. Worth every penny
  • Good By Nick on 3/11/2016

    Good stuff. It seems a lot more than I imagined it would be. After curing it looked good and they gave me good pieces that filled up my tank nicely.

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