Any type of LR better than others?

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  1. Matt

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    I'm off to fetch my 24G Nano Cube ;)

    Will be just buying the main unit, stand etc etc plus some LR to start cycling.

    Is there any specific type of LR I should look out for? Any better than others? (maybe a dumb question)

    Also how much will 10kg LR cost me?

    I saw all the LR in a tank so i'm assuming its cured?

    So excited! :thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Not sure of the latest prices but I think Kenyan is around R80/kg, other types (Malaysian,Fiji etc.) will be around R130 -R160/kg.

    Try pick pieces that are quite light (not dense) and have interesting shapes so you can make an interesting, appealing aquascape.

    As for type Kenyan is the "common rock" available most everywhere and is cheapest cause it is from relatively close by. I'd go for the majority kenyan with maybe a kg or two of another type of rock if there is stock available and it looks good.
     
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    Once again palmerc, thank you ;)
     
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    R800 for pet rocks :lol:
     
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    Amazes me as well that rocks can cost so much. Make sure the tank you are getting them from does not stink !
    You may have to 'cure' the rock if it does not look good.
     
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    When you say it like that, it does make you wonder:blushing: in the UK Fijian rock is considered the best, it tends to be very light and porous compared to other rock.

    Considering the importance of the rock, in the biological fitration of our tanks, it is worth spending as much as you can afford for the best.
     
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    Asa matter of interest Wee Man is Kenyan rock available over there? If so, how does price compare to other types of rock you have availabel to choose from?
     
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    Fijian and Kenyan are the two main "favourites" there are others, but it's maily those two, that everyone wants. but when you look at some of it you honestly wonder if they just dug it up out of their own gardens - they then claim it to be "top quality Fijian" or something close:(
     
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    Price difference between Kenyan and Fiji Wee-Man?
     
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    Kenyan around £8-10, Top quality Fijian up to £16 (unless you know the lfs owner):whistling:
     
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    Ok - if you earn pounds that's not TOOOOoooo bad - BUT - if you convert it using the current exchange rate that's bloody expensive! :)
    If one looks at all the information that's available - and the schools of thought out there (and believe systems) - then it seems that having a LOT of live rock is JUST another extra measure to ensure that the tanks are over-filtered..... especially if being used in combination of a skimmer, a DSB, etc. etc.
    I can understand if one do not have a skimmer, and no DSB, that the total amount of live rock really makes a difference.....
     
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    Matt,

    Just one very important precaution:

    What commonly happens is that your live rock will instantly die completely if you don't post pics of your setup within 24 hours of adding new live rock. :whistling:
     
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    I totally agree with galibore, seen it happen to hundreds of reefers :lol:
     
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    Hehe, i'd love to but drove all the way to PTA only t find they had NO live rock for sale at all :(

    Will try a few other places tomorrow, anybody got any suggeastions? ;)
     
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    Matt,

    Where are you from?

    Tip, it's helpful for other reefers if you specify your location in your profile :)
     
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    Matt Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    From JHB. I've been to exotics in JHB, and Pet Stop in PTA.

    Was thinking of trying V.I.Pets in Northgate?
     
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    It's a pity. I was sure Pet Stop had.

    Maybe try phoning first before traipsing around. Another you can try is Guppies for Yuppies (www.guppiesforyuppies.co.za). New owner now, so I'm not sure what's happening there, but they did bring in Malaysian rock occasionally. PHONE FIRST.

    Otherwise order some from Liaquat (Aquality) a sponsor here on MASA. He will definitely have a nice variety for you, and from what I've heard it is always top quality.

    (He is in Cape Town so I would definitely phone first if you planning on driving there)
     
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    Haha. Shot for the link palmerc ;)
     
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    Yes, I've been there yesterday, and he does have some excellent LR there. I can really recommend it.
     
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