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  1. Springer_30

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    Hi everyone

    I'm new and will be starting the hobby this weekend. Getting a secondhand system and will be doing the initial startup.

    I'm not quite sure which live rock to get. What is the difference between Kenyan and Fiji live rock as there is about a R60/kg price difference.

    Which would be best?
     
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  3. zayd

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    Welcome. Kenyan is less porous (I found heavier for same size) and the shapes are generally not as variable. Fiji is great for rock scaping.

    Just my 2 cents.
     
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    i started off with based rock , and slowly my rock is becoming live.
    if you not in a rush , rather buy mostly base rock , and the purchase some live rock to seed the rest of your tank.
    will take a little longer for the system to stabalize , but this also depends on your system size.
    i couldnt spend the type of money on based rock , when i needed about 100kg of rock.
    rather spend the money on the system and naturally the system and rocks will develop overtime.

    this will also depend on budget
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    welcome
     
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    The more porous, the more place for bacteria, sponges and what not to hide and live inside the rock, away from predation. Base rock, being man made, obviously is the least porous. Just check the proce for base rock. They are heavier than live rock. Check that you do not pay more for the volume you get from baserock as on the liverock. Spending R500 on rock, say base rock at R50/kg is 10KG, but live rock at R100/kg is 5kg. But the volume for the liverock could be more than double that of the base rock.
     
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    also check the for sale threads
     
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    Welcome! What size tank are you getting?
     
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    to the group
     
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    Firstly, Welcome!

    Personals opinions here, I would rather just use base rock, then you are insured that you never introduce some nasty things into your tank like Aptasia and some bristleworms or even flukes, you will need some patience, but there are some good products out there that will help speed up your system towards maturity!
    Have fun, cycling/maturing of your tank is part of the process, will also give you time to learn about the different organisms you will give a home too also, which go together!
     
  16. Springer_30

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    I got a Boyu TL-550 :)
     
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