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    Default Rock for my Aquarium

    I'm not new to saltwater but I have been out of it for about a year. I'm getting a 29 gallon Biocube HQI, I was wondering what kind of rock to go with. In all of my previous systems I have used nothing but Figi Live Rock. After talking to several people and doing some research I have come across BRS Dry Rock (BRS Dry Rock for Aquariums - English). I would just like to get some opinions from hobbists other than those doing the product reviews online.

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    i dont have any yet, but i am a fan of tonga branch. larry and laurra have it in their tank, and i must say it looks awesome. search for their thread and they have some pics on the one that says larryandlaurras ocean. def a future addition to my tank.

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    Glad to hear you are getting a tank setup again!

    Wish I had some info for you on the BRS rock.

    What are you planning on keeping in there?

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    Personally (cause I have it in my tank) I love the dry Pukani that BRS has to offer. Porous, with ton's of nooks and crannys. It seems to coraline up very quick also. 9 months and mine is totally covered.
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    AJ- I'm thinking of having an anemone in there (not sure what kind yet but probably a BTA) I want to keep both hard corals and soft corals, maybe even a clam :P
    Jamie- how is your population of amphipods and other little inverts in your tank? I really like the coloring of coraline algae so that is a plus. (Is your coraline just pink or does it have some of the purple and red included). Also when you started up your tank did you use some sort of start-up chemicals? I have a bottle of MicroBacter7 from Brightwell Aquatics that I could use to start up the natural bacteria in the system (Brightwell Aquatics MicroBacter7). Sorry for all of the questions I just want to set this up right :D.

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    MizTanks - Reefkeeper
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    I cooked my rock for 2 weeks in a rubber made bin first, then added it to my tank. I seeded it using SeaChem Stability. Awesome product IMO. I have plenty of pods! My coraline is purple/red/green and pink.

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    Hey Kev, I really like the BRS Pukani like I showed you, yo could cook it like miz suggested.
    Also, I got you covered for the BTA

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    WOW, Jamie that looks great! I think that I will definately have to go with the BRS dried rock. How long after the rock was "cooked" were you able to add fish? Thankfully I have plenty of rubbermade containers lol :P. My next question would be is this rock sold at any local LFS? (I'll probably have to do some hunting now)

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    2 weeks of daily testing-never had a spike of any kind. I moved everything from my 8g into the new tank. 3 fish-softies and LPS. Haven't lost a thing never a spike!
    I went with the dry clean Pukani mainly because of the look, weight it being lighter then most LR and NO unwanted pest!!
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    Well sounds like that is the way to go, did you buy yours online or at a LFS?

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