MANADO LIVE ROCK
A multi-colored and purple live rock with lots of open areas.
Some looks very similar to Marshall Islands live rock,
with light, open, and airy pieces. The box weights
have recently been running low at approx. 50 pounds,
with the maximum at 62 pounds. It is typical of good Indonesia
area live rock in being fantastic, 5-star, stellar, live rock.
Some good sized pieces.
Thanks to Doug C. of New Jersey for sharing
the following Manado live rock picture from Feb. 2013.
This is one box in about a 55-gal. tank.
These three photos below of Manado live rock
were shared with us by one of our customers!
Thanks to Jess M. in New York for the great pictures!
TONGA LIVE ROCK
Tonga is still OFF-LINE!
Here are a couple of pictures of the new aqua-cultured live rock from Tonga.
This is man-made, from coral bits and cement, and
was put under water three years ago. Now it is well-encrusted
with corallines and other stuff as you can see.
(These photos were taken in Tonga.)
There is also now some small amounts of WILD Tonga live rock available!
Two flavors for starters, the famous Red Branch and the Fusion.
These are both from the main big island of Tongatapu, none of the
outlying island stuff of yesteryear is available.
The branch is fragile and often has a little breakage, and to
remind, we cannot be responsible for domestic airline handling,
which is when breakage can occur, IF it does. The live rock
travels from Tonga to LAX on a skid or in a container, so the
entire shipment of fish, corals, and live rock moves as one
piece to avoid breakage. Once here in the states when the
domestic airlines get it, they don't always treat it like
glass as our people handling it do.
The Fusion live rock is more sturdy, some liken it to a
root mass. It is usually like a bunch of branches fused
together, but may be more like the knot or ball at the
center of a root ball, with broken off branches protruding.
Excellent shapes with lots of nooks and crannies.
VANUATU LIVE ROCK
Vanuatu is still OFF-LINE!
Vanuatu live rock is often the lightest or
biggest piece per pound of any live rock
available (except for the new Manado).
There is usually one big piece in each box,
and a couple nice larges, besides smaller ones.
Coverage is usually excellent ... and, in our
opinion it's as good or better as Marshall Islands
ever was. More grows out of it after curing.
Purple zoos, blue and lime green sponges, we've
heard of all kinds of wild post-curing growth.
Check out the blue sponge
that grew out of this piece ...
See More Vanuatu Live Rock Photos
FIJI LIVE ROCK
Fiji "Boat Rock" has now replaced the
air-freighted Fiji rock, which is no longer available.
As many of our customers know, we stayed away
from offering the Fiji "boat rock" as long
as there were choices of air-freighted Fiji rock available.
But, now, with this being the only type of live
rock available from Fiji, and so few other choices for
live rock, we are making it available. Importantly
it is a higher grade of Fiji than the common basic
boat rock. The pieces chosen for shapes. It costs
more than the standard basic grade of boat rock.
It will have some purple coralline on it, and,
although it "cures hard" ... meaning it
may take longer than the Manado for instance
(which can cure fairly quickly in a week or two),
and may require more water changes. It will lose some
of its color, then it will come back better than when
you first saw it, in a couple months. Then likely be
very good grade, in 6 months.
This is acceptable budget live rock that works well for
the base of your reef, or the whole thing, if you
are patient and have time to let it flourish after
curing a couple months. It is bacterially active
and the purple coralline will come back well. Pests
aren't a problem.
no photos of this rock yet,
but photos here represent what our
previous Fiji live rock looked like!
LIVE ROCK PRICING
You will find the types of rock listed
below, along with the typical box weights,
per pound and box pricing.
(Weights are based on average box weight.)
1 Box - $6.15 - 60 lbs. - $369.00
2 Boxes - $6.00 - 120 lbs. - $720.00 - ($360 per box)
3 Boxes - $5.85 - 180 lbs. - $1053.00 - ($351 per box)
4 Boxes - $5.75 - 240 lbs. - $1380.00 - ($345 per box)
5 Boxes - $5.60 - 300 lbs. - $1680.00 - ($336 per box)
1 Box - $6.00 - 62 lbs. - $372.00
2 Boxes - $5.75 - 124 lbs. - $713.00
1 Box - $6.00 - 66 lbs. - $396.00
2 Boxes - $5.75 - 132 lbs. - $759.00
1 Box - $5.75 - 50 lbs. - $287.50
1 Box - $6.00 - 44 lbs. -$ 264.00
2 Boxes - $6.00 - 88 lbs. - $528.00
3 Boxes - $5.75 - 132 lbs. - $759.00
4 Boxes - $5.50 - 176 lbs. - $968.00
"A" Grade Boat Rock
1 Box - $2.60 - 52 lbs. -$135.00
2 Boxes - $2.50 - 104 lbs. - $260.00
3 Boxes - $2.40 - 156 lbs. - $375.00
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Our Live Rock Ordering Page
If your live rock comes in lighter
than the paid estimated weight, you will receive a refund for
the difference immediately. If your live rock comes in heavier
than the estimated amount, a prompt payment for the difference is
expected and appreciated. The legal weight of your live rock
is determined at the place of origin and on the invoice we receive ...
see our article on Rock Weights.
We ship to just about all major U.S. airports.
To confirm shipping availability to your airport prior
to ordering, just send us an email or give us a call.
We can give you an idea of what your shipping costs
will be based on your airport.
Shipping costs average $1.00 per pound.
Your shipping will be paid directly to your
airline when you pick up your order.
Leadtimes for the various livestock products
can fluctuate and are dependent on where your
live rock or corals originate from, as the incoming
flights may arrive on different days.
Due to this, ship days may vary.
Also, we place our orders several days
in advance of the incoming shipments.
If your order is placed prior to our ordering day,
your order may arrive in approx. five days
(or sooner), but if your order is placed just
after our ordering day (deadline), your order
will more than likely arrive with the subsequent
incoming shipment, which can be a week+ later.
Also, there can be delays during certain times
of the year. Planning ahead is crucial when
scheduling your livestock order ... if you would
like to find out what the shipping schedules
are in advance of placing your order, just
send us an e-mail message or give us a call.
**We do not ship to the Los Angeles metropolitan area or Canada.**
A few more notes on caring for your live rock ...