Aquaria Synthetic rock.

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    Synthetic rock seems to becoming very popular overseas. Im thinking about going down this route on my new system. However, I will be running a few kg's of LR in the sump for biological filtration and a place to house bacteria.
     
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    you have to be so careful with synthetic rocks and what they made of, Real reef is that much because they have made sure it is not harmful nor does it leech anything into the water! IMO if its super cheap its going to cost you 10 times that in the long run to fix.

    @makaeel synthetic rock can also be run in the sump for biological filtration's it can house bacteria with no problem, i can show u a peice that you will not know the difference beween it or ocean liverock
     
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    I use synthetic rock. Use about 10kgs of LR with 2 liters of Seachem MATRIX stones in my sump. So far so good. Less water displacement and I have no PO4 leaching from old LR.
     
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    Very true @NO3 Sorry my agree button is gone!:m30:
     
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    May thank for you input there @NO3
     
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    Carlos. Any particular brand of synthetic rock that you are using?
     
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    I am using Aquaria synthetic rock in my tank. Look good and no problems thus far, even get coraline growth on it now. That being said, my tank is only three months old
     
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    An important distinction between any synthetic rock and Real Reef is that Real Reef is a mature live rock substitute sold wet and teaming with beneficial bacteria, coralline and some macro algae not a dead dry fake rock....
     
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    Aquaria synthetic rock looks like rock, but it is hollow inside. Does not affect any of my parameters that I am testing. I do however still use LR in my sump
     
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    Guys. I understand that this artificial rock is made from resin. Is there anything in particular that can leach? Or is everyone just concerned about phosphates leaching?
     
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    Also important to note that if the synthetic rock is made from resin it is not porous nor can be guaranteed not to leach.....Real Reef is made from Calcium Carbonate...the same as live rock....years of research has gone into this product to ensure its safety(not leaching),porosity and aesthetics to be as close to high quality liverock as possible....
     
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    Concerns over leaching does not only include Phosphates...that is the least of the concerns...the main concern is potential toxins in the resin during the manufacturing process.....only time will tell...
     
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    I am directing my comments to All synthetic rock made from Resin and not any specific product available....
     
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    Thanks @flappy

    Is there anyone here who has used other brands (resin based) other than Real Reef (Calcium carbonate) and has had bad experiences? Please also advise for how long you have been using the rock.
     
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    I use the rock that @Idol Marine sells. Our manufacturer supplies rock to large commercial aquaria from all over the world and I thinks it's made from fibre glass.
     
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    the rock hollow inside, any problem for the dead water inside the hollow year by year .
    Is it the same as dead spot in our tank? (may be even more worst than dead spot) any experience reefer can tell.
     
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    hi carlo

    Is it hollow inside idol marine rock?

    I did saw TMC the synthetic or fibre glass (don't know which one)rock is hollow inside too.
     
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    The rock is hollow inside, but there are small holes drilled at various points in the rock to allow water movement. I have also placed a closed loop in my system in such a way that the rock was designed specifically for my tank and the closed. The inlet for my closed loop sits under my rock. The rock that I use has no mould, mine is a once off piece. Each piece is designed specifically for every tank.
     
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