Kessil

Dry Rock Reef - 11 months in

RandyC

Supporting Member
Does anyone in the club with an established reef want to sell me some of their live rock rubble?

If you want sand or rock rubble I have some in Castro Valley. Everyone claims they have no pests, so I won’t make that claim, but as far as I know, I don’t have any of the baddies (aptasia, majanos, acro eating flatworms, red/black bugs, red planaria, no bad nudibranchs).

If you want, you could even just buy some MaxSpect nano-blocks and swap one from my tank if you want.
 

richiev

Supporting Member
Reflecting on the this, this is kind of a weird discussion to me. We literally live within an hour from the ocean. I know there's risks of certain areas having pollution, and you probably don't want to be getting your tank water constantly from the Santa Cruz boardwalk, but if the goal is bacteria shouldn't people just go drive out to a beautiful secluded beach, grab a Ziploc full of water and sand?

I'm also aware sand collection may be illegal, but collecting macro isn't (there's limits), nor driftwood. So if you feel bad about a bag of sand (in contrast to the mountains of sand somehow my kids get in my van), presume you can find another alternative.

That's not artisanal reef bacteria, but it'd certainly be chock full of bacteria.
 

Zumareef

Supporting Member
Order 10 lbs of KP live rock and be done with it, beyond it likely helping with the sps issue it will introduce micro and macro flora and fauna to your tank that will help your reef in so many ways.
 

phc567

Supporting Member
Reflecting on the this, this is kind of a weird discussion to me. We literally live within an hour from the ocean. I know there's risks of certain areas having pollution, and you probably don't want to be getting your tank water constantly from the Santa Cruz boardwalk, but if the goal is bacteria shouldn't people just go drive out to a beautiful secluded beach, grab a Ziploc full of water and sand?

I'm also aware sand collection may be illegal, but collecting macro isn't (there's limits), nor driftwood. So if you feel bad about a bag of sand (in contrast to the mountains of sand somehow my kids get in my van), presume you can find another alternative.

That's not artisanal reef bacteria, but it'd certainly be chock full of bacteria.
Doesn’t work. Life here is cold water. You need bio from tropical waters. There’s lots of other stuff that I don’t know about but I tried it before. It didn’t work but that was in my early days.
 

RandyC

Supporting Member
Randy,
Thank you for offering to swap out a set of Maxspect nano blocks. I am going to order (2) to trade with you. How long have they been in your tank?
I am excited to see how this improves my SPS keeping.

Weeks to Months. I swapped out with others as well, but they’re rotated, so I know which ones are old ones. Just PM me when they come in and we can work out a time for you to swap them out.
 
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