Dry -vs- Live By Eazy Feezy on 2/12/2013
Eazy Feezy would recommend this product to a friend
There are so many reasons to go with this Pukani Dry, I'll touch on the basics. Looks Great, Lightweight, Very Porous, Easy to work with, Dead, Price, Customer Service. So now you know buy it you won't regret it.
A majority of my small show tank is Pukani Dry rock from BRS. I told them exactly what I needed and they delivered, A LFS was selling Live Rock at $2 a lb. so I picked up nearly 100 lbs. to drop my nitrates while I waited for my Special Order Biopellet Reactor. Got ripped off on both sides of the deal, paid to much for the BP Reactor as they tried to hustle me for a lesser product, and the Live Rock that I hand selected out of their huge Vats of Live Rock, trust me I selected the very best pieces, but still I regret the purchase. I will never go LIVE again. I'm still finding Bristleworms, and fighting Cyano that all came in with that rock. (Not to mention all the little critters I'll probably find in the future, and the small ones I can't see.)
My Pukani Dry is about 8 months old and is now covered in thick blotches of coralline algae and the reefs inhabitants love it, Totally worth the wait letting it turn on it's own. The fact that there are no animals living in or on is definitely a plus let the dry rock cycle on its own. Check out my VLOG if this review isn't enough.
sweet By Ryan on 2/12/2013
Ryan would recommend this product to a friend
This rock is really dirty; i decided to do a muriatic acid wash and then cured it in salt water for about 3 weeks. All in all i would still buy it again. It looks great and it's super porous and light weight.
BEST ROCK! By Arnel on 2/12/2013
Arnel would recommend this product to a friend
I wish I could give this rock 6 stars!! Extremely light and porous!
Cant stop buying it By Ben on 2/12/2013
Ben would recommend this product to a friend
This is by far the best rock I have seen, its huge and looks great! I seriouisly cannot stop buying more and more rock... for no reason.
Exactly as expected! By Ken on 2/12/2013
Ken would recommend this product to a friend
After reading all of the reviews, this dry rock came in exactly as expected - great! It's amazingly light and porous. Packaging was really good. Very little breakage during shipping. I reduced the number of pounds for the size tank I wanted to build and still ended up with more rock than would reasonably fit. This was nice, because I got to be more creative cutting without fear of messing up a nice piece.
Great deal! By Jeremy on 2/12/2013
Jeremy would recommend this product to a friend
Huge rocks with tons of character your not paying for water with this stuff and the how to video is a great way turn them into what you want
Best I've ever seen By cdial on 2/12/2013
cdial would recommend this product to a friend
I recently ordered 50 lbs of Pukani and got more than I ever expected. One very large piece that I chiseled in half for two nice shelfs, and plenty of smaller pieces to drill and make another shelf. Completely filled up my 75. Perfect!!! with some leftover rubble in the refugium. The rock is so light weight and porous. I've never seen rock so nice. Phosphates have remained low while cycling the tank. Thanks for a great product BRS. It really makes my tank stand out with such a great looking rock and very easy to aquascape. Everyone has been saying Wow when checking it out.
Excellent By Ross on 2/12/2013
Ross would recommend this product to a friend
Great, porous, light rock. Ordered 40 pounds and got 6 very nice pieces ranging in size from a watermelon to a football. Some of the rock was very clean, and some of it appeared to have a lot of dead organic matter on it. I would strongly recommend to anyone planning to use this rock to make sure they cure it correctly. If you aren't patient, I would suggest you take a look at the reef saver instead. I've used both now and while I prefer the look of Pukani, the trade off in time (6 weeks for Pukani, 1 week for Reef Saver) may be a consideration for others.
Would definitely plan to use this rock again.
Quality By ScubaJ on 2/12/2013
ScubaJ would recommend this product to a friend
I ordered 12 pounds of Pukani for a 16 gallon nano tank. In the notes of the order I mentioned the tank dimensions I was working with and received very nice pieces. It is very light weight for its size. There is quite a bit of dead matter on it but in my case this is going into a new tank so it will help with the initial cycle. Thanks BRS.
Pukani rock By Dedeo on 2/12/2013
Dedeo would recommend this product to a friend
Ordered a 10 lb. showpiece. I was very happy. It was one large piece that is so full of little holes that I wanted to make a cave in it , but didn't because the rock was perfect the way it was!! Wish I knew about this rock when I started this tank I never would have ordered the expensive live rock. I also ordered the rock saver 10 lbs. of that. A Also wonderful. Only regret is that I didn't order more.
very porous and light weight! By Calvin on 2/12/2013
Calvin would recommend this product to a friend
awesome rock! i have about 30 lbs in my 125g tank with about 75lbs of reefsaver! my tank is pretty much filled! very porous rock! creates a lot of perfect hiding spots for all the fish in my tank!
make sure to clean By John on 2/5/2013
John would recommend this product to a friend
This rock does have some dead material on it which adds nutrients but after soaking it for a couple weeks all this came off and it works just like any other rock but looks 20 times as cool. The extra effort is well worth it.
third time By Jim on 2/5/2013
Jim would recommend this product to a friend
This is the third tank I have used this on. Works great every time and looks incredible. It's what basically everyone in my reef club uses now. I do recommend curing to get the some of the organics off before use.
great rock, bit high in phosphates By Gary on 2/3/2013
Gary would recommend this product to a friend
Aged it in a separate container, and phosphates spiked, had to treat with lanthanum chloride. Looks great in the tank, but I'd advise against putting directly in an established tank...
A nice surprise By GoodFishie on 2/3/2013
GoodFishie would recommend this product to a friend
Got this rock for a nano. I asked for and got smaller pieces. There are all sorts of shapes and sizes so I have a lot of options. This is light rock. I ordered 20 pounds at it filled nearly half of a 20 gallon high I'm using to cure it in. It looks like it will be easy to shape the rock if I need to trim a few corners. I'll put what I can't use in a different tank that has Fiji live rock and hope the rock fashion police don't come along and tell me in doing it wrong.
Hair algae magnet By Jack on 1/29/2013
Jack wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This rock has great shapes and is very lightweight but my experience is that it leaches nutrients like crazy. I have struggled with hair algae for months and am just beginning to win the battle. I would not use it again
Very light, very porous and incredibly easy to shape By Mike on 1/17/2013
Mike would recommend this product to a friend
I have been keeping reef tanks for over 10 years in that time I've had many tanks and have ordered many types of live rock. This for the money is the best you can get. If you like to create your own caves or customize your rock with a chisel this is a great option. Also being so light you will be getting much more surface area than you would with many other types of lr.
Nice Rock, If you are looking for something specific order large and cut away By Sherri on 1/16/2013
Sherri would recommend this product to a friend
Overall this is nice rock. I haven't put it in the tank yet though since I am making some adjustments to it. I ordered a piece that was 16-18 inches and got one that was 13 inches tall. I called in to talk to someone about weight prior to ordering and added on extra weight to make sure that I got one that was tall enough. I requested the order to be held until they had a piece of that size and any weight left over send me in rubble. What I got was a size smaller than requested and about 3 pounds of rubble. I would have rather waited until they had what I requested. It is a huge inconvenience to send back so I'll make due, but make sure if you are doing a project order way larger and cut down.