We recommend that every marine aquarium with saltwater utilize Live Rock for either filtration or decoration. Most fish-only aquariums today are really FOWLR (Fish Only With Live Rock) tanks. The benefits to all fish and invertebrates is well documented and some sensitive fish like dwarf angels have a very hard time surviving in captivity without Live Rock present in the aquarium.
Live Rock Here is a beautiful piece of live rock from Bima in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. Click here to buy live rock now.
Live Rock Here is a beautiful piece of live rock from Fiji in the South Pacific Ocean. Click here to buy live rock now.
Live Rocks are pieces of coral that have broken off from a coral reef, the corals have died, and their remains have become covered with other types of living organisms, such as coraline algae and sponges. Live rock is sometimes called reef rock.
Live Rock is exported from many different reefs throughout the world, including Fiji, Tonga, Namoli, the Marshall Islands, and the Caribbean. Each of these areas exports a unique looking rock, and you can see samples of several types of live rock in the pictures above. Live Rock is Important in both fish-only aquariums and in coral reef aquariums. Live rock is the natural home for saltwater reef fish, and live rock is essential for the health and comfort of reef fish.
Live rock is also the perfect home for the beneficial bacteria that provide biological filtration in aquariums. It is much more difficult to keep a saltwater fish tank without plenty of live rock.
Click here to listen to a Special Pet Fish Interview hosted by The Bailey Brothers about How to Start a Saltwater Aquarium, including comments about Live Rock plus many other tips for a successful Saltwater Aquarium.
How much Live Rock does an Aquarium Need?
The recommended amount of Live Rock in a saltwater aquarium is about 1.5 to 2 pounds per gallon. So a 30-gallon saltwater aquarium should have about 45 to 60 lbs. of live rock. It's acceptable to mix live rock from different islands to give your aquarium a completely unique appearance.
Live Rock is easy to maintain and is recommended for all aquarists from the beginners to the experts. Live Rock requires moderate lighting and moderate water movement. Click here for information about special Lighting and click here for more about a Rotating Sweeper Nozzle attachment on a Power Head.
Be sure to feed your Live Rocks !!
Live Rock also needs special additives that contain minerals and nutrients. These additives also help to enhance the beautiful colors in the live rocks. With the proper conditions and nutrients your live rocks will begin to grow and become covered with many living organisms, such as coraline algae and sponges that naturally live in coral reefs. It's lots of fun to grow live rock. Click here to buy Special Additives for Saltwater Aquariums.
Essential in every Saltwater Aquarium.
Every Saltwater Aquarium needs an assortment of invertebrates such as crabs, sponges, shrimps, clams, and marine snails. They are interesting, comical, colorful, and perform useful functions in saltwater, marine, and reef aquariums. Click here for more information about saltwater invertebrates.
Live sand is full of beneficial bacteria including anaerobic bacteria that convert nitrate to nitrogen, which then evaporates from the aquarium. The layer of live sand must be thick to do this, and a layer from 3" to 6" or even deeper is recommended in a saltwater aquarium. The sand also provides an ideal bed for the live rock and prevents the rocks from scratching or cracking the bottom of the aquarium. Click here and here to buy live sand for saltwater aquariums.
Live Rock, Sand, and Invertebrates are Essential.
in every Saltwater, Marine, and Reef Aquarium, because they enhance the water conditions and stabilize the water chemistry in the aquarium, making it much easier to keep the fish alive and well. Live needs special additives to grow and flourish. Live invertebrates and live sand are also important in all salt water aquariums.
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