- Reef Saver Aquarium Dry Live Rock - MarcoRocks
Why does BRS recommend this?
MarcoRocks Reef Saver Live Rock is one of the most unique rocks that are available on the market today. Reef Saver is a sustainable product since it is not taken directly from the ocean and does not impact living coral reef structures in any form. Combined with their chemical-free cleaning process MarcoRocks is always 100% free of nuisance algae or any type of pests.
Sold by the pound
We recommend around 1 pound of rock per gallon of the display tank for an aquascape with the average amount of rock. We do also recommend purchasing a little more than you may need since any extra can be used in the sump for added filtration.
It is recommended to cure all rock before being used in an established system.
Marco's Reef Saver rock is one of the easiest rocks to work with when aquascaping new tanks or adding more rock to an established tank.
MarcoRocks Reef Saver Dry Aquarium Live Rock, the environmentally friendly rock, works great for aquascaping. This rock is 100% free of nuisance algae and pests which can cause complete tank shut downs and 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. MarcoRocks Reef Saver rock comes in unique shapes that fit well together to make interesting and unique structures. MarcoRocks Reef Saver Rock arrives at our warehouse pre-soaked and rinsed. This is by far our cleanest rock.
How much rock do I need?
Knowing exactly how much Dry Live Rock you will need can be one of the hardest questions to answer since every tank and rock will be slightly different. A general guideline for Reef Saver Dry Live Rock, we suggest 3/4 to 1 pound of rock per gallon of display tank volume and may vary depending on your overall goal for the aquascape. We always recommend purchasing a little extra dry rock to ensure that you will have enough to complete the aquascape you are looking for, any extra rock can always be broken up and placed in your refugium, overflows, and sump for added filtration.
Shipping: 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.
Great Rock By Scott on 3/14/2020Scott would recommend this product to a friendI was very happy with the rock I received. Rock was well packed and I received no broken pieces.
Perfect for my 75gal reef tank By Pascal on 3/11/2020Pascal would recommend this product to a friendMuch bigger than I had imagined I ordered 25 lbs of this rock 10 lbs of shelf rock and 2 medium foundation pieces.
I expected to get a bunch of rocks totalling 25 lbs but I received 3 nice and big sized pieces that worked very well with the existed rock I had and the rest of the shelf and foundations I bought.
Had it scaped and in my tank super fast.
Everything was well packaged I didn't even have any dust in the bags and they arrived 2 days earlier than expected.
I definitely expected the foundation pieces to be much bigger especially for the price.
But they served their purpose.
All in all I ended up with an amazing aquascape for the best price considering I was able to buy exactly what I wanted by the pound.
I'll be adding more shelf rock in the future and will be buying from brs
*Tho the foundation pieces were small they were very nice pieces just be aware it might be better for bigger scapes and pieces to go with the large over the medium
Awesome to aquascape By Robin on 3/9/2020Robin would recommend this product to a friendI bought a variety of rock using reef saver, shelf and foundation rocks. It was all much larger than I was thinking which was perfect to chisel to the shapes and sizes I was looking for. I was very happy with my end result and would definitely use again.
Fantastic Rock! By Devin on 2/24/2020Devin would recommend this product to a friendWas nervous about ordering rock pine but for the price I went ahead and bit the bullet. I purchased 20lbs for my 20L nano and I have to say I'm extremely satisfied. The rock seemed to be picked by hand to be stackable and arrived very well packaged and almost no damage. If I ever need more I will be ordering from here again.
Great rock By Tim on 1/24/2020Tim would recommend this product to a friendOrdered 25 lbs for adding more rock when I upsize my tank. Arrived well packaged, in great shape. Nice sized rock....
Rock It!! By Vytl on 1/22/2020Vytl would recommend this product to a friendThese are very good for a beginner to an experienced aquarist. These rocks can interlock very easy and look great in many different positions. I highly recommend these.
The rocks came in great condition By Graham on 1/8/2020Graham would recommend this product to a friendI bought 70 lbs of dry rock for my tank, there where TONS of packing peanuts in the box. The rocks where in good condition, you can expect some rubble at the bottom of the bag. The rocks are very heavy and, there are less rocks then you expect. otherwise I think that I would recommend these rocks to anyone else.
Great product By Nick on 11/19/2019Nick would recommend this product to a friendOrdered 30 lbs. The rocks came packed very well and secure. I had no breakage. Two little pieces of rubble but nothing crazy. Am definitely going to buy more.
Great rock By Dinoreefer on 10/2/2019Dinoreefer would recommend this product to a friendI have orderee this rock on 2 different occasions and both times I have been impressed with the quality of the rock and the care given it is given in shipping. This rock is easily modified to make the shapes you want.
sizable pieces and clean By Joshua on 9/11/2019Joshua would recommend this product to a friendi was hesitant to buy rock online, overall the quality was good. A lot of larger rock, some of the smaller pieces were probably from the shippers, the box was pretty beat up and packing peanuts were spilling out onto my porch, so i had little hope that i had larger pieces but to my surprise there were.
Great pieces! By Jay on 8/27/2019Jay would recommend this product to a friendSo I'm scared of ordering things I can't pick out on my own and with a couple reviews saying they couldn't use the rock they recieved I was a little worried but decided to try anyways. At some point during check out there was a section that was to leave a note on product you ordered so with my fear in mind, I (politely) explained the tank is a nano so smaller-ish pieces would be preferred. I was fully aware that some companies don't look at this, sometimes it's just too busy to sift through thousands of product for specific pieces and depending on what they have in stock, I may have to break Rocks anyways but hey at least I tried! (I've worked retail and production before it's not as easy as it seems and the ppl packing aren't mind readers....)
Fast forward to when i received my rock and all the pieces were perfection! It was quite a few small pieces that were perfect for my tank!
I was quite impressed and honestly think who ever picked my order made a better selection than I ever would have!
It was great to see that the note must have been read before picking.
I'll definitely be ordering more and whoever picked my rock for me, THANK YOU!
Definitely worth the money. By Billy on 8/14/2019Billy would recommend this product to a friendI got my order quickly and the rock was much better priced than almost everywhere I looked. The packing was great with no breakage and no damage to the box. The only grievance I have is that the pieces were a bit larger than expected but that was easily fixed with a chisel. Overall a fantastic product and I most definitely would recommend it to anyone looking for good priced reef rock.
What is the recommended amount of rock per gallon? I'm aquascaping a JBJ 28 LED tank. thanks!
We recommend a pound per gallon as a good ballpark place to start. It will give a nice middle of the road aqua-scape and is what most folks are looking for!
I'm setting up a 35 gallon 20inX20in cube, out of the three pukani, reef saver or Fiji which offers the smaller pieces my tank requires for me to get the best results aquascaping? Thanks!
Fiji and Reef Saver offer the smallest size pieces. Personally I prefer reefsaver in these types of situations as it is really easy to stack and create your aquascape.
Is the price shown here the price per pound? Thanks.
Yes the rock is sold by the pound, so the quantity you enter in the quantity field is the number of pounds you are ordering.
How big of rocks can you get I am looking for one rock 50lb or more
Hi, I am looking into getting into a reef tank. I understand I need to cure the rock, but could I keep fish during the process? Also, would 60 pounds of reef saver be a good amount for a 40 breeder?
You will not be able to keep fish with curing rock as the nutrient levels will fluctuate too much. Around 40 lbs would be recommended for weight. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
If I get 20 pounds of rock, how many pieces of rock would I get?
I would like to order 10 pounds only. Can I specify the size (say around 6 inches) and number of pieces (say 3 pcs) when ordering?
Do the rock come in certain sizes or just random?
There made by nature so they are like snowflakes, each piece is entirely different, though most range in the softball to football size.
What is the weight of one rock?
It will range by size of the pieces however on average a football sized piece will be 5 lbs.
I've just read a couple of articles saying that this rock has phosphates in it and to give it a Muriatic acid bath followed a Lanthanum Chloride treatment, is all this really necessary?
You will not need any acid or other treatment for the rock. By curing the rock in heated saltwater for 6-8 weeks you can remove all dead and decaying elements (Phosphate is not "In" the rock rather it is part of the dead and decaying elements) Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
I am setting up a new tank and will add the rock with live sand and water at the same time. Can I just put this rock directly from the box into the tank without curing in water for a couple of weeks? Thanks,
You certainly can cure the rock in the tank without much issue. You will want the rock to sit in the tank with no lights and high flow for 4-8 weeks. After which you can perform massive water changes of 100% and ensure the nitrogen cycle has begun. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Is the price for the rock for a piece or by pound? If so, how big is the piece?
All rock is sold by the pound. On average a football sized piece will weigh between 5-10 lbs. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Do you ship reef saver rocks to Canada? Your website says no tonga, pukari etc.
Yes the reef saver rock can be shipped to Canada.
Hey guys! I ordered a bit over 30# reef saver for a new tank.
Would it be recommended to toss in a bit of live rock from a local pet store all into the container I'm going to be curing these in?
If yes - is only a heater and a couple powerheads sufficient for equipment, or do I need to introduce a filter now if wet live rock is included?
And lastly - would it make a difference if I include 1lb of live rock vs 5lb? Or only the rate at which the reef saver will become populated?
I am starting a new tank with the Reef Saver Dry Live Rock and Caribsea Arag-Alive Fiji pink sand. Should I start the cycle with the sand first while I cure the rock and add the rock later? Or can I start the cycle with both the sand and rock? What is your recommendation?
If your going to cycle the rock in the tank, I would just do your aquascape, add the sand, add the water, and then let the whole system cycle together.
How many pounds would one softball size be?
Thank you for your question.
A softball sized piece would weight about 2.5-3 lbs. The rock is a natural product so there would be some variation on the size.
Please let us know if you have any questions!
What is the best way to clean reafsaver rocks
Since this rock does not come out of the ocean, there really isn't anything to do but cure it in warm, circulated saltwater and you're good to go. Have a great day!
You mentioned that it is not taken directly from the ocean, may I know that how these rocks are made?
Thank you for reaching out.
The BRS reef saver rock is quarried from fossil coral beds.
Please let us know if you have any other questions.
Have a great day!
I'm just about ready to put the BRS Reef Saver I bought into my 46gal tank and start the cure and cycle. I'm planning to add a 20lb bag of live sand and a bottle of Bio-Spira as well to give the bacterial growth a jump start. My question is whether I need to add an external source of Ammonium for the cycle on a regular basis? It seems like the bacteria will need something to "eat". (It doesn't seem like BRS Reef Saver, live sand, or Bio-Spira will introduce any sources of nutrients for the bacteria to consume, or will they?)
I have a 75 gallon reef tank with only 60 pounds of live rock I want to buy 50 pounds of reef save dry rock but what is the process to do to add it to my existing tank without a problem
The Reef Saver Rock is the cleanest of the rock so you don't have to worry about a cycle when adding it to an existing tank. You will get the best results by giving the rock a bit of a cure before adding it to the tank though. The simplest thing to do is to grab a container large enough to submerge the rock. Fill it up with your rock and some saltwater, throw a heater in it and let it sit for 4-6 weeks.
Hi, I had about 10 pounds of reef saver rock that I want to add to my 28G tank(some in the sump and some in the display tank) should I cure it? if so, do I do water-changes during?
I just received 100 pounds of your Reef saver rock, I am starting a new 180 gallon tank. Was wondering if I can add the rock then add the water and salt and let it cycle from 4 to 6 weeks and then add my fish? after my water has cycled do I need to do a water change how much of a water change do I need to do?also would 100 pounds of rock be sufficient for my 180 gallon tank?
Because this rock is considered to be devoid of all pests and algae is it still a requirement to cure it prior to beginning to cycling my tank or can I just aqua scape add sand, water and continue on ?
You will want to cure the rock still to build up a safe amount of bacteria and remove any dirt and contaminants as it is still removed out of the ground, Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
I am setting up a 120 gal and would like to buy 120lb of reef saver rock. Now if I use the Red Sea reef mature kit or Dr. Tim's bacteria to cycle the tank do I still need to do the 100% water change?
We recommend curing the rock in a separate container to remove any excess nutrients before placing into the tank and starting the tanks cycle. If you prefer to cure in the tank we recommend curing for the same period and starting the cycle with the mature pro later. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Hello, i was going to buy some of this rock but i see that it does not display by how many pounds you guys sell it. How many pounds is the rock displayed?
We sell all of our rock by the pound. We ask that you give us an estimate of how many lbs of rock you are looking for (Ex. 1 lb per Gallon) The pieces shown in the product photo are not actual pictures of the rock you will receive, more of an idea of shapes and sizes, the typical Reef saver will range between 5-15 lbs for a football sized piece.
My heater malfunctioned and boiled my fish. I decided to upgrade to a 125 gal tank. I removed the rock, which was about 8 years old and put it in a container with water from the tank and aeration. Can I cure my reef saver live rock in the same container with my old rock? If so, then for how long?
How big is each piece?
Each piece is different which is why its sold by the lb. Pretty typical for most pieces to be in softball to football size range with a football size piece weight somewhere in the ball park of 7-8lbs.
Hi I'm setting a 20 gal tank. Please recommend the quantity adequate. Can this be shipped to India??
We typically recommend 1 pound per gallon around 20 pounds total. Unfortunately we do not offer international shipping outside of the US and Canada. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
I'm buying the dry live reef saver rock and I don't have the money to buy it all at once. Is it safe for fish or inverts to buy this rock in increments cure them in a separate container or trash can for a month like the video shows then when there done add them to the tank? Just double checking thank you
Where does this come from and what's its make up?
The great thing about Reef Saver rock is that it is real reef rock. The advantage is that it comes from a land-based dead coral reef that is quarried in the US, so there is no impact to the ocean reef rock, and it's also significantly lower in residual organic material.
Have a great day!
Do you have to cure this rock
Just bought some of the reef saver rock. What temp should water be to cure. I'm going to be adding these to established reef with existing live rock. I'm going to cure for 3-4 weeks. Should I ever change the curing water while curing? When cure is done, do I just rinse rock off and add to tank or something else?
I would use water that is the same temperature as you will have the tank at. Pretty good bet that will be somewhere around 78 degrees or so. You don't need to do a water change while curing the rock but you want to get rid of all of that water when your done. If your curing in a separate container you can just move the rock to the tank. If your curing in the tank then do a 100% water change.
Do we type how many pounds we need of the live rock in the quantity feild? Like I would need 20 so I would just Type 20 in the quantity feild and I would get 20 pounds??
Hello I have the reef saver rock and wanted to know how many pounds to put in 60 gallon tank ?
About 60lbs total should be great for a tank that size.
Good Morning! I'm wanting to create a couple of islands in my reef tank hopefully creating a "bonsai" look. I've ordered 60 lbs of the reef saver rock and wanted a few of the shelves with the base. But it would only let me order a minimum of 20 lbs which came to almost a $100. Is there any way that I can order less than that? I'm not sure how much 20 lbs of the shelf rock would be and I only wanted a few pieces to add to each island. Thank you for your help~
The 20lb minimum isn't because we don't want to let you buy less then 20lbs, its because a single rock weighs atleast 20lbs :-) Rocks with base are typically quiet large so if your looking for smaller/lighter pieces, the pieces without a base will be what your looking for :-)
If this is 100% pest free, why does it need to be cured? I am replacing live rock I bought from a LFS in September of 2015 that I have been battling aptasia, bubble algae, and bryopsis with.
I am thinking of buying some of your reef saver rock and just wanted to know if you were referring to imperial or us gallons, also I will be looking to purchase enough for 30 gallons which would be approximately 22-23 pounds of the stuff for my nano tank. Just wondering if this product is right for a tank of the size 50cm long, 40cm in depth and 55cm in height and if so could you choose carefully on which rock to put in, Thank You.
We are using US gallons.
I'm looking to add some dry rock to my existing setup? I will not be removing any of my current live rock I would just be adding the dry rock. So can I just put it right in or is there something I need to do to it first? Thanks for the help........Chris Turo
We would always recommend cycling any rock outside of an existing aquarium before adding to a tank with livestock, though as far as rock goes the Reef Saver rock is by far the cleanest rock out of the box.
If I am looking to add more live rock to an already established tank, is it safe to add just 1 rock without curing it to avoid a massive chemistry change, or would I even have to cure a single rock before adding it?
How much does the average reef saver rock weigh?
Does the reef saver rock need bleach curing? We don't have out tank yet. If I buy this rock, what do I need to do before it is used to cycle tank? If I do need to bleach, and I know all bleach has bee removed, what has to happen next?
Reef saver does not need to be cured or bleached. Set up your aquascape and start the cycle!
I have some reef saver dry rock left over from my reef tank build that I never used (still in the bag from BRS/never cured). Would this be safe to use in my freshwater tank or would it make the water too hard for freshwater fish?
Reef saver is mined from underground and is safe to use in any aquarium, it will only help with biological filtration.
Whats the average weight per a rock?
Depending on the size they can typically range from 5 - 10 lbs per piece. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Do you need to cure reef saver rock the same as you would live rock or is it fairly free of organics?
We would advise cycling any type rock from any source because it just isn't worth the risk of your live stock not too. As far as the rock goes though, the reef saver is by far the cleanest of any of the rocks right off the bat.
Howdy y'all, I've seen the video of Ryan chiseling and cutting the Pukani rock. Is the Reef Saver rock as easy to manipulate and cut? Thank you!
The Reef Saver rock is much harder and not nearly as easy to manipulate. If you want to chisel out caves and the like I would highly recommend going with the pukani :-)
I am in the process of planning a new tank, a JBJ 45 rimless Cube AIO and was wonder what is the recommended amount of rock for a tank this size as well as the correct amount of sand for it. the actual display portion of the tank will be 26 x 16 x 21 I was going to use the ocean direct original grade sand approximately 1- 2 inches deep. Would you recommend another type of rock for this?
Great questions. For a tank your size 45-50lbs of rock should be right in the ballpark of what your looking for. Sand wise with the dimensions of your tank, coincidentally your also looking at 45lbs to get you about a 2" sand bed (half as much for a 1" sand bed). With most sands being sold in 20lb or 40lb bags, I would pick up a 40lb bag (or 2x 20lb bags) and you should be in great shape.
Does this rock have to acclamate
The rock isn't alive so it itself doesn't need to be acclimated. We would however recommend cycling any rock from any source being atleast cycled before adding to an existing aquarium to make sure there isn't any risk to your existing livestock.