tonga branch live rock

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  1. Duri

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    heard of it before?

    whats your take on it?
     
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    Very cool rock and makes scaping very easy. Juts stack them, they sit solid and forms tons of holes for stuff to hide in. Expensive though.
     
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    what is expensive?
     
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    I think its around the 160 - 180p/kg. But it weighs less than say kenyan rock so size wise you get pretty much the same p/kg.
     
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    this place in parow is selling it for 225pkg
     
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    thats a decent price for tonga branch. It is alot heavier/denser than other liverock. Personally id use other live rock (keny or figi) and a few pieces of tonga for structure.
     
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    I was thinking of buying it because my tank is long and narrow and it can assist when i scape! I will think of it some more
     
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    lovley stuff if you dont mind the price..
     
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    Isnt tonga very porous? That makes it lighter than say kenyan. Same goes for Fiji.

    As far as I know, kenyan is the most dense of them all.
     
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    ive seena couple of tanks with it used to bridge and arch with, can be stunning and a little can go along way if u plan cleverly :)
     
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    In my opinion tonga rock is fantastic for SPS corals as you can provide a large amount of water movement and if carefully aquascaped can look amazing. This is not to say that you could not have a fish only aquarium or a soft coral aquarium with tonga rock as you would be able to. You would just have to bear in mind that you will need to create caves etc for the fish to hide in as well as creating ledges to place the soft corals on.
    filtration – tonga rock is as good as any other Live Rock
     
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    Last I saw, was about R185/kg.... But a piece about 15cm weighs half of normal LR.... Also got lots of different shapes which can be really awesome for scaping...
     
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    so where can you get the tonga branch LR?
     
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    Exotics in Boksburg had last time I saw...
     
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    is tonga rock normally that colour?
    The one I saw looks like wood of a branch...more brown!
    but i think they bit steep on the price!

    I will have to go check it out again
     
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    prob covered in algae
     
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    yip:) my thought as well
     
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    Well, when I started cycling my tank with no experience, I started with a branch as the only piece of live rock...

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    After a while it turned in to this:

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    Now I wish I had bought more Tonga when I started.... Today its completely purple covered in coralline... have zoas growing on it, etc...[​IMG]
     
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    AMAZING! can you send me a bigger picture of your setup please?
    I need to scape my tank... need some ideas... and i need longer LR to bridge... mytank is very narrow!
     
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