- Shapes LifeRock Dry Live Rock - CaribSea
Arches & Tunnels
LifeRock is infused with spored bacteria to aid in biological performance, along with millions of micro and macro passage ways CaribSea's Shapes Dry Live Rock is perfect for the environmentally friendly aquarist.
- Creates a mature looking reef instantly
- 100% safe for all marine animals
- Unique pieces
- Environmentally friendly
CaribSea LifeRock is made of an aragonitic base rock, instead of the typical cement used by many other artificial rock creators. Every rock contains a network of micro and macro pores that intertwine within the rocks internal structure, creating the perfect environment for natural nitrifying bacteria. LifeRock is manmade and does not affect our natural resources, making it the perfect option for all marine fish, invertebrates, and corals.
Every LifeRock from CaribSea has an artificial coating and texture that mimics natural coralline algae after being in the ocean for years. Depending on the animals that you have in your aquarium, they may pick at the coating on the rocks which will not harm them at all, and over time live coralline algae will cover any spots on the rocks that may have had the coating picked off.
Every box of Shapes LifeRock contains a mixture of arches, rings, and tunnels giving you unique looking pieces that can be used on their own or as accents to the rest of the aquascape.
How many pieces are In each box?
On average 4 pieces are included in every box of LifeRock Shapes Dry Live Rock
How big are the pieces?
Pieces range from large softball sizes up to full-size footballs
Can I request specific shapes and sizes?
Unfortunately, we are unable to take requests for specific shapes and sizes for CaribSea LifeRock. If you are looking for something very particular we suggest checking out BRS Fiji 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 dry Live Rock, we suggest 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.
20lbs CaribSea LifeRock Shapes
Shipping: All rock can be fragile. BRS makes every effort to securely pack any type of rock. However, we have no control how UPS handles it and it may break during shipping. Unfortunately, this is not covered by insurance so we are unable to replace broken pieces.
Great Shapes! Fading Color By ReeferReborn on 1/27/2019ReeferReborn would recommend this product to a friendThe rock is fun to work with and it looks great when your tank is new. My System is about a year old and the rocks color has faded. My Coraline Algae growth has been slow so It will be a while before I get good color back on it. The idea of visually appealing instant reef instead of traditional white rock until the real Coraline algae takes over is a good one, but if your aquarium is slow to mature the color of this rock fades quickly. Also a tooth brush can also damage the color coating and quickly strip the color.
Received broken pieces By Lemon Pepper on 12/1/2018Lemon Pepper would recommend this product to a friendThis is a complicated review. Rock -- no problem. It works fine for its purpose. But out of the four pieces, three were broken or damaged. I do expect chips or bits broken off, but these were damaged pieces and not attractive. I'm not certain I would order via delivery again. I'll go into the store next time and choose the pieces myself. I do not think this is a BRS problem or a FED Ex problem. I think Caribsea needs to package the rocks better for shipping.
Scapes itself! By Jeff on 11/30/2018Jeff would recommend this product to a friendShipment arrived complete and unbroken - not even a chip! The product is everything I expected and I was lucky enough with the rocks selected that I do not have do anything other than stack to have an impressive aquascape. Caves, holes, and arches, oh my!
Looks great and scapes really well By lactose on 10/10/2018lactose would recommend this product to a friendI have used about 3 or 4 boxes of these to build out an open and interesting rock scape in twin 120 gallon tanks recently. There were a couple of small bits chipped off but otherwise all the circles, caves and arches were intact. I love the look of this rock (not too purple) as well as the natural shapes despite being arches etc. Will be used in all my tanks going forward.
Awesome By Billy Pipes on 9/3/2018Billy Pipes would recommend this product to a friendI've used this rock in every tank I've ever owned
Broken Beauty's By mike on 6/23/2018mike would recommend this product to a friendThis rock is very nice looking, but unfortunately it doesn't escape its journey to your home unscathed. Even though the box seemed to be well packaged, to my surprise while unboxing there were many broken pieces. I was able to glue most of the pieces back together, but I certainly believe this should not have been necessary. After all I did not pay for 20lbs of rubble. Regardless I still give it 4 stars because the rock is very beautiful, but just in case get yourself a couple of bottles of Loctite Ultra Gel Control glue!
Great Rock By Christopher on 4/16/2018Christopher would recommend this product to a friendWas alittle nervous based on some reviews but ordered 3 boxes to try. Each box was different but averaged around 4-5 pieces. Only minimal breakage so overall happy. It did have some kind of reaction with my skimmer but it should go to normal in time. I would recommend if you are starting a new tank and looking for an easy rock aquascape with good color.
Great Rock, Nice Shapes, but 2 of 3 arches broken By Nate on 3/31/2018Nate would recommend this product to a friendI added this to my established SPS tank without effect and 'locks in' pretty well. There are enough ridges and rocky parts that there are not a lot of aquascape collapses. Fits in with established rocks without being ultra white.
However, they are not packed well so 2 of the 3 arches in 1 box were broken in half. Thankfully some 2 part epoxy fixed em back up, but I was still pretty upset.
not good By chappy on 3/6/2018chappy wouldn't recommend this product to a friendwas not packed very well all the nice peices were broken in half.
Great arches By Johnson on 1/15/2018Johnson would recommend this product to a friendBought two boxes and received 4 pieces in each. Advertised as 7-8 pieces but you really only get 4 pieces. Each box came with 2 arches, 1 cave, and 1 swim thru. Each piece is about a feet long. The arches are beautiful with lots of ledges. The coloring on the rocks are great, not overly purple.
Will make your skimmer go crazy for a week.
silicate bomb By cory on 11/22/2017cory wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis is decent rock. IT WILL start breaking down after 1 year. You litterally watch the rock crumble apart. As it turns to a white powder, which blows all over the tank if you remove the rock.
Diatom city 24/7!!!!!
Using a spectrapure 5stage with duel BRS DI cans. This rock is clearly 100% artificial! !!
I'd go with BRS reefsaver or Pukani/ fiji rock
Absolutely love it! By Noel on 9/11/2017Noel would recommend this product to a friendI am setting up a completely aqua-cultured and captive-bred reef tank. I don't want anything in the tank to have come directly from the ocean. I chose LifeRock because dry rock was the only option for my tank, but I don't want to be looking at bleached white rocks for years. I have to say, I'm very impressed with the coloration on this rock. Unlike Reef Rock 2.1, this rock has a variety of colors ranging from purple to gray to dark brown. It looks a lot like real live rock. It does have white flecks all over it, which I think have something to do with the bacterial spores, but in my tank it looks great, almost indistinguishable from live rock.
The photo on this page is a very accurate representation of what's in the box. What's shown sitting on the box is about what I got in the 20lbs. I received 7 pieces of rock. Two were long and branchy, two were rock-shaped with large holes through the middle, and three were rock-shaped lumps in the baseball to softball size. 20lbs turned out to be maybe more than enough for my 20 gallon tank, and I'm considering removing one rock in the future.
I'm cycling my tank now, but I'm using some bottled bacteria to get things started, so I can't comment on whether or not the bacterial spores on this rock will have an effect. It looks great, though!
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Is there a cure time for this type of rock? If so, please elaborate on it. Thanks!
Thanks for getting in touch with us in regards to LifeRock. We recommend that you cure all dry rock, but in this case its much less necessary and is more to make sure any particulates that may have gotten onto the rock in shipping are rinsed off. The "curing process" for this is more just allowing time to get a biological mass growing on the rock work before adding it into your tank. I would think you would be safe after about one week to get the aquarium going with the rock and a small fish to really start the cycle in the tank. Please let us know if there is anything else that we can assist with. Thanks!