Different types of LR - Does it matter ?

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  1. Apollo

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    Hello to all,

    Quick question:

    From the sponsor's pages as well as other LFS's I see that there are different types of LR available to us in RSA ( Kenyan , Fidji, Bali)

    I see the most common type of LR is Kenyan.

    Does it matter what type of LR one uses in a marine system ?
    Are there vast benefits to be had from rather going with Bali or Fidji rock ?

    :)
     
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  3. crispin

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    apollo, to my mind its not so much the type but the quality that really counts. I have a mix which is good in that it gives me greater bio diversity of creachures and bacteria.

    as to which is the best quality thats debatable and possible better described by guys who work with all three types (sponsors and decent LFS) so i'll keep my limited thoughts to myself:)

    but the point i make is that the LR becomes the lungs of your system, the better they work, the easier it is to keep your water pristine. Money spend here is well spend in my view:)

    i think quality is more important than shape.
     
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    Yip they often have defined shapes making for better aquascaping, they are more porous thus having better filtering capabilities and often have more life ie algae, corals, sponges on them! Just buy the Fiji/Bali or Malaysian you would be surprised at the amount of growth after a year or two.:slayer:
     
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    Thanks Crispin.

    Sorry, should have phrased the question a bit differently:

    Which type of LR , in your opinion ,carries the greatest bio diversity in terms of life forms in and on the rock ? Would be nice if I could get some LR which already has some Zoa's or nennies ( Except Aiptasia of course)
     
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    Mtroboer :
    Thanks , have just seen your reply
     
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    Hi Apollo

    One does not purchase live rock for the critters or growth on the surface which usually dies off in the curing phase. True live rock is not rock at all. It is the skeletons of dead corals which is usually calcium based and highly porous and used for biological filtration. I see you are in Buccleuch. My partner Horst, AKA MadGerman has stock of awesome live rock at present. Give him a call 072-372-7067
     
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    Thanks Leigh,

    Thinking about your answer, I realise that you are quite correct. One does not purchase LR for the life on it, but more for the beneficial bioligical filtration properties.

    Feel like a bit of an idiot for not thinking more clearly about LR .:blushing:

    Thanks for the info, I have already chatted to Horst.
     
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