Has Anyone Ever Made DIY Live Rock?

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johnny roastbeef;5063773; said:
Why make your own, when you can get great natural real rock for about $1.25 /LB
I could make custom sizes, shapes, and colors plus it works out to be about $0.60 per pound. The only downside is the curing process for the "rocks" when they're first made and then when they're being colonized by beneficial bacteria; I like hitchhikers and other surprises, but it seems like I get a bad hitchhiker for every one good hitchhiker I get.
 

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Yea, you can just buy some dry rock off of BRS and break it up as needed.

Then I dont know how you would get anything other than coraline though without having the tank seeded with some live stuff.

Granted frag plugs, fish, inverts etc will all come in with a little water on them which could contain something good or bad that might colonize your rock.
 

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FLESHY;5064951; said:
Yea, you can just buy some dry rock off of BRS and break it up as needed.

Then I dont know how you would get anything other than coraline though without having the tank seeded with some live stuff.

Granted frag plugs, fish, inverts etc will all come in with a little water on them which could contain something good or bad that might colonize your rock.
I figured that I could seed any dead or DIY rock with the rock from my dad's already established saltwater aquarium before adding all of the rock back into said aquarium.
 

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I think I'm going to try to make Aragocrete that's detailed in the stickies; it seems to be a pretty good mix that is being used commercially. I'll start this project no earlier than next week; I need to make some room in order to have an aquarium for curing and seeding the artificial rock.
 

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Aragocrete is excellent I use it in all my tanks, as "live" rock is to expencive in the quanities I ususally need, and dry rock isn't available at good prices locally (and shipping it in is cost prohibative). Though I usualy include a few good hunks of uncured live in my tanks along with the Aragocrete usualy about 1-2lbs live rock to every 10-20lbs aragocrete, though I do this for bio-diversity in my tanks like pods/micro detrevors etc, not because its nessisary.
 
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