Local "live" Rock

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  1. 8inch

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    Hi All - thanks for the very warm welcome received by many a few days ago.

    I have a potentially contentious topic to discuss.

    I seen many a rock wash up along the Ballito coastline, the type that have mussels and clams and small anemones attached to them and are extremely porus. When one looks closer at the rock you see all sorts of critters scrambling through the crevices.

    My questions are:
    Can you place these rocks in you set up (after the whole curing prosses)?
    Are you allowed to take these rocks (after all, they washed up on the shore)?
    Are there parasites and other undesirables found on these rocks?

    Thanks Guys


    Dan.
     
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  3. Rory

    Rory Admin MASA Contributor

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    Yes, Doubt it, Probably (but not much different to bought rock)...
     
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    Thats sounds like DECENT Live Rock. I'll put them in my tank!

    At around R120p/kilo I say take them from the beach if you can. For us here in JHB it would be a dream come true!!!
     
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    i use quite a lot of local live rock but i pull out when snorkling and mix it with bought live rock and have no probs with it as long as you cure it the right way i dont see any probs just my 2c
    hear what the gurus have to say
     
  6. 8inch

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    Hey Tiger - I feel you - the prices are crazy!!!
     
  7. 8inch

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    Hey Toppdogg you lucky man.
    I wish i was at the coast.
    Tell me, do you make use of the natural sea water?
     
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    i use alot of local rock as base rock and after drying it out place it in the tank with LR to get it live again.. i see no problem using it provided its cured.. to safegaurd yourself get a permot which will allow you to collect a certain amount of kilo's per day, so long as itsnotfo resale there should be no problem..

    enjoy
     
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    Thanks for the info Leslie.
    I was hoping to use it without drying it out, so that all those worms and critters and add value in my tank.
    Does one get the permit from the post office like you do with a fishing permit?
     
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    I wouldn't dry it out, I've got lots of local rock picked up from along the beach and the amount of peanut worms, pods and stuff that came with it is great for biodiversity. The licences are available from the post office on the same application form as fishing.
     
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    thanks Eric.
    I'll be sure to add rock collecting to my annual license and I'll be collecting some on my next visit to the coast.
    Do you know where I could get some good live sand from Durban coastline?
     
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    For sand I'd stick to the north coast. Umhloti has some great sand in the big rock pool by the life guards but get it out of holiday season and after a decent high tide!
     
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    Les, if you dont mind me asking, where do you get your rock from? im looking for base rock, but sandstone at the reef freaks me out a bit!

    shot dude
     
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    thanks buddy:thumbup:
     
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    yip only use NSW i fell its a waste to buy salt as i can get it for free from the ocean
     
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    hmm i was thinking.. since most of our critters in the tanks are cold water species. shouldnt you keep the rock in a seperate container for awhile and let it "cure" for a bit? cos the change in temp could bring a lot of die off..?
     
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    I'm sure curing them would be for best results. I certainly would'nt place freshly collect rock into my tank.
     
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    collecting live rock from our beaches

    From My Understanding this is illegal. you cannot get a permit to collect live rock or hard coral
     
  19. Munky82

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    that's my understanding as well... tell me... are we allowed to collect sand ?
     
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    Munky - the MCM collection rules does not state that you are NOT allowed to collect sand.....
     
  21. Munky82

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    thats good news... but what is the "......" for? Something else I need to know ?:p
     
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