Project Reef Rock 2.1 Dry Rock - Walt Smith

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Quick Overview

REEF ROCK 2.1 is the dry version of the live rock that is ready out on the market today. Walt Smith has noticed that the popular designs and other products are being sold as decorative rock even though it is not quite live yet. When mixing this rock with a few pieces of established live rock your tank will get the benefit of both worlds. It’s possible, given the current trend, that this type of rock could dominate the market in the next few years. If so, Walt Smith is ready!


With rock that is already covered in what looks to be coralline algae it will allow a new tank to look seasoned in just a few weeks. Here at BRS we have set up a couple tanks with Walt Smith's new Reef Rock 2.1, and have really enjoyed the look that it gives, as well as the unique shapes of the rocks, and porous internal structure.


When you think about it, this rock actually becomes better than the wild choice and brings a truly sustainable solution to our hobby.


ReefRock 2.1 is a dry rock that should be cured before use. 


As with all of the ReefRock products the rocks colors will vary from Coraline pink to deep purple.


Available in 3 different volumes:


11lb - Great for pico and nano tanks. Rock sizes can vary from small baseballs to small footballs


22lb - Great for nano tanks. Rock sizes can vary from small baseballs to large footballs


55lb - Great for nano and larger tanks. Rock sizes can vary from small baseballs to small soccer balls

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  • Quick Overview

REEF ROCK 2.1 is the dry version of the live rock that is ready out on the market today. Walt Smith has noticed that the popular designs and other products are being sold as decorative rock even though it is not quite live yet. When mixing this rock with a few pieces of established live rock your tank will get the benefit of both worlds. It’s possible, given the current trend, that this type of rock could dominate the market in the next few years. If so, Walt Smith is ready!

With rock that is already covered in what looks to be coralline algae it will allow a new tank to look seasoned in just a few weeks. Here at BRS we have set up a couple tanks with Walt Smith's new Reef Rock 2.1, and have really enjoyed the look that it gives, as well as the unique shapes of the rocks, and porous internal structure.

When you think about it, this rock actually becomes better than the wild choice and brings a truly sustainable solution to our hobby.

ReefRock 2.1 is a dry rock that should be cured before use. 

As with all of the ReefRock products the rocks colors will vary from Coraline pink to deep purple.

Available in 3 different volumes:

11lb - Great for pico and nano tanks. Rock sizes can vary from small baseballs to small footballs

22lb - Great for nano tanks. Rock sizes can vary from small baseballs to large footballs

55lb - Great for nano and larger tanks. Rock sizes can vary from small baseballs to small soccer ballsMore

Project Reef Rock 2.1 Dry Rock - Walt Smith

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5kg (11lbs) Project Reef Rock 2.1
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10kg (22lbs) Project Reef Rock 2.1
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Another follow up question - to Dave's question. After curing in your tank with only water and sand - is a water change needed after the curing is complete?
Question by: aaron on Jan 25, 2016 2:43:00 PM
Great question!
It is recommended to perform a large water change or series of changes to remove nearly 100% of the water. The reason being is to remove nutrients before starting the cycle. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 3, 2016 12:23:00 PM
OK who is this Walt Smith guy? I see his live rock advertised in so many places.
Question by: Jake on Jan 26, 2016 11:44:00 AM
Great question! Its a pretty interesting story! I have included the link below.
http://www.waltsmith.com/about_us/company_story.html
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 3, 2016 1:34:00 PM
I am wondering if this needs to be cured, or if it is free of any contamination... is this even real rock or is it imitation Thanks.
Question by: Christopher on Aug 21, 2015 8:54:00 PM
Great question!
This rock is man made and hand painted to replicate coraline growth. The rock will still need to be cured however to ensure that the nitrifiying bacteria has time to appear on the rock. If placed directly into a system there is potential for algae growth on the rock if lights are on and a pH swing may occur.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Aug 24, 2015 2:29:00 PM
The description on this rock states that the purple color is throughout the rock but reviews seem to state otherwise. Which is it?
Question by: Todd on Mar 6, 2016 6:43:00 AM
Great question!
This is essentially man made concrete rocks which are painted over. There certainly will not all be 100% purple covered however in our experience we have found this to be a great rock to aquascape with, and after a few months in the tank the rock is very natural! The same experience can be had with many other types of natural dry rock. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 9, 2016 4:28:00 PM
As a follow up to Christopher's question, this rock would be going into a brand new setup. Right now there is just water and sand in the tank. Would you suggest keeping the lights off while the tanks cycles to minimize the potential algae growth you mentioned?
Question by: Dave on Dec 17, 2015 11:38:00 AM
Great question!
We highly recommend keeping all lights off and the tank in a dark room with limited light penetration to reduce any possible algae growth which may occur with the excess nutrients. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Dec 23, 2015 4:51:00 PM
Is there anyway I can but this rock by the individual pound? Because I only need 2 pounds of it.
Question by: Chase C on Feb 1, 2016 8:04:00 PM
Great question!
Unfortunately we are unable to split up the packages on the project reef rock. At this point a rock such as reef saver sold by the pound may be a better option! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 19, 2016 10:01:00 AM
There seems to be a lot of confusion as to what exactly this 2.1 rock really is.

Your site states that it is covered with a thick purple paint - is that correct?

Is the rock solid purple through and through?
Question by: G on Jun 21, 2016 11:41:00 AM
This rock is hand painted and while small sections may be left intentionally blank this rock is nearly 100% purple covered with varying shades. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 21, 2016 12:02:00 PM
I need bigger pieces for my tank. Does the 55lb box have larger pieces in it than the 22&11lb boxes? For example would the weight of the largest piece in a 55lb box weigh more than the largest piece in a 22 or 11lb box?
Question by: Steven Ratka on Feb 4, 2016 8:57:00 PM
Great question!
The 55lb box will not have larger pieces rather the same size but larger quantity. Overall the average size will be around a football. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 2, 2016 9:35:00 AM

Full Details

ReefRock 2.1 is a dry rock that should be cured before use. 

 

As with all of the ReefRock products the rocks colors will vary from Coraline pink to deep purple.

 

Available in 3 different volumes:

11lb - Great for pico and nano tanks. Rock sizes can vary from small baseballs to small footballs

22lb - Great for nano tanks. Rock sizes can vary from small baseballs to large footballs

55lb - Great for nano and larger tanks. Rock sizes can vary from small baseballs to small soccer balls

 

Reef Rock 2.1 is manufactured by mixing reef substrate, that is a mixture of sand, coral pieces, shells and more, with a cement mixture allowing natural textures and shapes to be created. The reef substrate mixture allows the rock to have a porous network within the rock giving it many of the natural characteristics of rock straight out of the ocean.

After the rock is hand made it is then cured for 6 or more weeks allowing the cement and reef substrate mixture to fully harden and neutralize before it has a thick coating of purple, reef safe, paint applied around the entire exterior of each rock.

 

BRS recommends 1 pound of rock per 1 gallon of display tank volume for the average aquascape. Depending on the tank you may like more rock or less rock, however we would always recommend ordering a few more pounds of rock than you may need, as any extra rock can always go into your sump for added filtration.

 

With each rock being hand made, a variety of rock will be in every box. We are unable to guarantee any specific sizes or shapes.

 

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.

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  • Great Product By Jen on 11/2/2016

    I just came back to reefing after 10 years away. I set up my 60 cube with 55 # of it. I love how the rock fit together and looked natural from day one. My tank has gone through the normal new tank cycles, but nothing terrible. I could not be happier with the quality and appearance. I will not know how it does long term for awhile, but at this point I love it.
  • 3rd Time Isn't a Charm By Chris on 9/25/2016

    This is the third time I have ordered this rock, with the first 2 I was happy with what I received and used in the setup. This time however there was a real drop in quality. Evidently nylon strand similar to fishing line is used in the making of the rock inside of the mix. On about half of the pieces, there were sections of 1-3" sticking out obviously from the rockwork and paint causing a real eyesore and more work for me having to dig and cut it out. Also the variation in the shapes has seemed to drop. Had I not already had about half of the rock in the running tank been this type, I probably would have started over with something else. Disappointing.
  • I'm actually pretty upset. By Niko on 3/26/2016

    I gave this rock a chance after reading a bit about it on here. Fast forward a few months and I have to say I am pretty upset. I've had constant bacteria blooms. At my loval meeting I asked a few other people that I know have it and they experienced the same thing until they took it out. This rock is not porous and you will regret buying it in the future. I don't even know if BRS even reads these reviews, but if I was them I'd take this "rock" off the shelves. All that money wasted for no reason, should have stuck with my own opinion on it.
  • Good rock By Arnie on 3/24/2016

    I have had this rock in my tank for the last 6 months or so. Great appearance and rocks are quite algae free which indicates that they are not leaching any posphates or other nutrients into the tank.
    Quite happy with them so far.
  • This Stuff Rocks By Chris B on 2/14/2016

    I've used this rock on two occasions now and love it. Pieces are all good sized and varying in shapes making scaping easy. It may not quite have the organic look of real rock, but it doesn't have all the questions about what may be inside, either chemically or otherwise. It is very light for the size, and quite porous inside even though the painted outer may not look it. Will use again for a quick startup or mixed in with natural aged rock.
  • This is horrible rock. By John on 2/6/2016

    Out of all the tanks I've set up and all the different types of rocks used, this is by far the worst rock out there. It isn't porous and you will have constant bacteria blooms with it. Good luck.
  • Fake Looking Cement - Horrible Product By Mr. Nguyen on 2/4/2016

    Ordered this rock for my sons Nano. Very poorly packaged with two broken rocks that seemed to be crumbling and every other piece had obvious chips. Rocks were wrapped in old used newspaper, very unprofessional. They were not even porous. Very disappointed with these fake looking blobs of broken cement! I would not recommend anyone ordering these!
  • Great Rock By Michael on 1/27/2016

    I recently upgrade my entire tank starting with the sump(emerald 39) and replaced most of my old TBS rock with this product. I bought a 55 lb size and an 11lb box and created 2 nice towers and a large arch using the paleo bond and rods just to be safe.

    This rock is really nice looking and is very easy to aquascape. It has plenty of holes and cave like structures and looks awesome in my tank. If you live in MN, feel free to swing by and check it out.
  • Flaking paint By Submariner on 1/23/2016

    I ordered 44lbs. of the 2.1 Nano Reef rocks in November 2015 and this morning I noticed some purple things floating around several rocks. I took a turkey baster and blasted the rocks with water and multiple larger and small chucks of paint came off!!??? Luckily I'm doing a fishless cycle and don't have any livestock. I now have paint chips all in my tank and have to take everything out to clean and I was just about to order livestock this coming week. POS Walt Smith rock!!!

    Even though the paint is supposed to be non-toxic it won't stop algae grazers from ingesting it or powerheads from blowing it around and fish eating it.

    I'm not happy at all with this product!
  • Not sure what is so great By Jeff on 12/11/2015

    First off i bought ther 11 lb box to check this stuff out for a new 30 gal cube i am getting my son for xmas, and i am glad i only bought the one box. first off i will say that they are nice shapes and that is the reason for 1 star,and thats where it ends after that 3 of the nicest rocks were craked in half and there was no damage to the box but news paper isnt enough to pertect this kind of thing.now i know i could re glue them but at the price shouldnt have to .also i cant see how this rock could produce good filtration there are no poors they are compleately painted smooth as could be .other then shape rook look fake with all the paint on the rock.all said it is a good idea and i am up for saving the reef and this is the reason i hand out frags from my 265 gallon sps reef like candy to people .with that being said glad i only wasted 60 bucks and not more i will stick with reef saver /dry rock or live rock do your self a favor and do the same .BRS YOU ARE STILL T HE BEST THIS IISNT YOUR FAULT
  • Enjoying the Rock By Thomas on 12/11/2015

    I purchased the 11lb box of this rock for a nano tank I was re-doing after the wife accidentally took out everything in the tank while I was on a business trip. It is fairly colorful rock with plenty of differences in the shades and hues. One thing was breaking up the rock to make it fit better, the interior is an almost a sort of concrete grey color with pink/purple here and there mixed in. It doesn't detract too much from the overall coloring and with skillful placement can be hidden. Something to be mindful of though should a large rock be done which may stand out more as opposed to a smaller space filler rock. Also, any live rock that is put in can look very different than this rock and will stand out till it perhaps grows its own coralline algae if it doesn't have any already. Still, despite that I wish I would have gotten this for my 100g. Perhaps for a future tank!
  • Best Rock on the Market. By Warren on 11/12/2015

    I absolutely love this rock. I took a chance on this rock because I didn't see many reviews. Watching the 52 weeks of BRS really did it for me as they are using this rock in their tank. I was very impress on how the shapes of the rock was formed and a uniform purple/pink look it presents in the tank. Unlike Real Reef it doesn't show a white base which makes it look fake. Even when a broken piece of rock came off its a grey base so it hardly notice especially in the tank and when the lights are hitting it. I have the Eco Tech Radion 15W Pro and it makes the rock look even better. My only issues is finding the branching rock from Walt Smith. It's very frustrating because I love the Tonga Branch look and BRS doesn't sell that rock. Other than that. I'm ordering the same amount for my next build which is a 120 cube