Our Aquacultured Live Rock is one of the best available in the industry. We have the oldest offshore aquacultured live rock site in the Florida Keys, and its unique location results in some spectacular live rock (Federal Lease Site). We also have another lease site closer to shore (State Lease Site) which is not in heavy use right now.
We hand select and pressure clean every rock (Miami Oolite – extremely porous type of limestone ) that goes in the water, and leave them on the bottom for at least two years until they are ready to be harvested. We don’t buy machine sorted rock so we don’t boast of having millions of pounds of rock in the water, but what we do have is very high quality.
By our standard, Aquacultured Live Rock is not ready until it has at least 75% coverage (time of harvest) by some sort of coralline algae or other durable, reef friendly, encrusting invertebrate. Some of rocks will have some sort of live coral growing on them, usually some sort of Porites, Siderastrea, or Millipora. Green macro algae such as Halimida are also common, as are a wide variety of brown fleshy algae. Compared to most other live rock harvested in the Gulf of Mexico, our live rock is 100 % Aptasia free. This rock is completely different from Gulf of Mexico rock. Our live rock goes through cycles throughout the year which means sometimes with we have more macro algae and sometimes hardly anything.
Here are the characteristics of the 3 stages
Uncured Live Rock:
Our most sought after and best reviewed live rock. Fresh rock, straight from the ocean containing a lot of coralline algae, bugs, starfish, crabs, shrimps, sponges, feather dusters, macro algae, corals. Some die-off of the most sensitive sponges are possible after shipping and this rock will have the strongest cycling (spikes of ammonia, nitrates and nitrite).
– We ship it UPS Next Day Air Saver®.
Partially Cured Live Rock: (Discontinued, Inquire if needed )
Very similar to the uncured live rock, most of the very sensitive organism on the rock which would most likely not made it during transit have already died off in our tanks, fewer sponges, bugs, starfish, feather dusters and corals, often fewer hitchhikers, normally cured for around a week in our system before shipping.
– We ship it UPS 2nd Day Air®.
Cured Live Rock: (Discontinued, Inquire if needed )
Slightly reduced coralline algae due to the curing process, hardly any sponges, less hitchhikers, corals, very few (if any) macro algae, re-curing is sometimes necessary with a longer transit.
– We ship it UPS 3 Day Select®.