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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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
Your site states that it is covered with a thick purple paint - is that correct?
Is the rock solid purple through and through?
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!
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.
3rd Time Isn't a Charm By Chris on 9/25/2016Chris wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis 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 3/26/2016Niko wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI 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 3/24/2016Arnie would recommend this product to a friendI 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 2/14/2016Chris B would recommend this product to a friendI'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 2/6/2016John wouldn't recommend this product to a friendOut 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 2/4/2016Mr. Nguyen wouldn't recommend this product to a friendOrdered 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 1/27/2016Michael would recommend this product to a friendI 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 1/23/2016Submariner wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI 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 12/11/2015Jeff wouldn't recommend this product to a friendFirst 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 12/11/2015Thomas would recommend this product to a friendI 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 11/12/2015Warren would recommend this product to a friendI 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
Better than expected By Edward on 11/4/2015Edward would recommend this product to a friendThis is my first ever saltwater tank. After looking long and hard (and not understanding everything) I decided on the Reef Rock. I ordered 66 pounds and when it arrived I was VERY happy to open the two boxes and find many different and varied pieces. The colors were awesome and they were not just a hunk of rock...they had plenty of little holes and crevices that I think will make my envisioned aqua scape really great. At the bottom of the box I did not find hardly any "junk" just some dust and maybe a quarter cup (or less) of unusable rock chips. I was very impressed and will order again if I start another tank in the future. I think the amount I received was a bit much for my 55 gal tank. But I will see once I start working on the layout tomorrow. Oh the one thing I will say (not huge for me) but where some pieces had broken or been chipped off it had a grey/white cement look to it. Only mention this because it states that you can break it and it will not change the color.