Make sure it is a very porous rock. Get a big rubbermaid storage trunk (HomeDepot $14.95 50gals). Hang on an old filter, heater, Strong powerhead and a light. Put it in with some already established rock. Add Kents Coral Vital per instructions and STAND BACK.
I brew 100lbs at a time like this in my shop and sell it. The great thing is folks can put it straight into thier tanks. They tend to pay alot more for this convienance.
I have a spare 55g, can I do the same thing in it, or is there a reason for the rubbermaid container? What is the best type of live rock to buy, and how much should yI mix with it? I have plenty of time....I was advised not to set my tank up, as i am planning on moving, but if I could make some live rock, I could at least be doing SOMETHING towards getting my tank going!!
I usually only buy fuiji LR but if your also purchasing dead rock dont forget to cure it just like LR before it is put into the main tank.it can take up to a full year to notice life on the dead rock but if you place them close to each other in the tank the life does spread.
I used 30 pounds of LR and 60 pounds of base rock. Its been in my tank for three months and the base rock just had a sudden explosion of corralline algae. Its starting to look really nice. The money saved makes diy LR well worth it.
the two largest peices in this tank are man made. portlan cement and sand nothing more. its been about a year now since we put it in and things seem to attach to it better then the real rock.
we did add it to about 80 pounds of great live rock filled with life but it still seemed to spread very quickly. coraline spread in only about 3 weeks to the new rocks.
here it is when we first put it in after about a month in a curing tank
:joy: very nice looking rock!! That is great encouragement for me to do this myself!! I can wait, I won't like it, but the money i will save will be all worth it!~ I am planning on only getting about 30-40lbs live rock, maybe more later, just can't swing much more then that right now, but I can add more later too...
So, feasibly, i could setup my 55g, and just put the LS, LR, and some "dead" rock, or deco's in it, and at least have something to look at!!???