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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!
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 7-8 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.
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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!