The Thread: Act XIV
Break it up with a hammer ...
it will be a mess and you will
really run into some strange critters.
Drop it about 7 feet to concrete.
Throw the leftover real small pieces in
your sump or fuge.
I have boulders in my 75 like that.
I threw in some Tonga branch to break
up the look.
Forget about it and move on.
To some people here the money you
spent is nothing compared to what
they have wasted on crappy equipment.
I do remember when it was a lot of
money to me, so I appreciate
It will look fine in a couple of months,
but as I said, I would break it up.
P.S. The pictures on the website
are false advertising compared to
what you got, in my opinion.
Show pictures of what you will
get, not what it could look
like in the future.
(All of the rock pictures are taken when the
rock is in transit, while in L.A., on the way to customers.)
If this doesn't get resolved
privately and nicely,
I guess I'm going to break it.
Privately and nicely ...
what an interesting notion!
What kind of wonderful things should
I expect to find in there?
This was a lot of money to me.
I'm not well off, it takes me a long
time to get money saved to pay for things.
I want to know if Birdfish saw
these rocks himself? In person?
Thanks everyone for the support
and for everyone's opinions.
I don't believe this post is a waste of
time. I think it is very informative
Sorry if I have angered anyone.
I'm not as blind in this hobby
as some may think.
Sal, how do you suggest I break them apart?
A hammer and chisel?
Where should I start?
In the middle of the rock?
What life forms should I be looking out for?
Thank you everyone again.
This just makes me want to cry. =*(
I ordered smaller rocks.
Damselblue, you can try and break
up the rock pieces to make it
easier to aquascape.
Don't drop in the floor or else you'll
end up with tons of small little
pieces of live rock.
Take a chisel, or, as in my case,
my husband's large screwdriver and
try to chisel off bigger pieces of rock
with a hammer and something sharp.
Wear gloves and safety glasses because
the rock does break into sharp shards
when you hit it.
Some advice to anyone breaking live rock
into smaller pieces.
First, wear eye protection, second,
live rock is very brittle - you may end up
with some smaller, usable pieces, but most
of what you'll get will be rubble.
If you're doing this indoors ...
a) put down a big sheet of plastic,
a large garbage bag will do
b) put your least interesting rock
down in the middle of it
c) put another sheet of plastic over it -
a clear garbage bag is good.
d) carefully wipe clean of any oil or
dirt the blade of the chisel
e) strike at a deep indentation or
other weak point
f) watch out for flying sharp edged
bits of rock. Like I said,
wear eye protection
g) if you get any useful smaller pieces
from this, sand off any sharp edges
When you're done, carefully rinse and
dry any tools that got sea water on them.
Probably peanut worms will have
tunneled deep into the rock.
I don't see how I can mash the rock
without bits going everywhere as you
mentioned Sal and still keeping a
semi decent structure.
I do not feel as though
I have been whining.
I'm expressing my feelings
and thoughts on the subject
at hand here.
The structures are very disappointing.
I paid that much for it, so I believe
I should have gotten something similar to
what's on their website. It is a lot of
money. I'm not sure yet, what I'm
going to do. I'm waiting for it to cure.
It's just so big and it's mounds.
These shapes are going to be very hard
to work with.
This makes me want to break my rock!
But my rock is too small to
attempt such things!
Voice of Reason
This is what I'm talking about Damselblue,
get down and dirty ... ha, ha get the
experience and read as much as you like...
"just remember it's not law!"
Also, vendors are in this hobby for $$$
and that's the reality, so if you don't
want to be disappointed like many of us
have been..."hand pick in person only."
If you remember these things you'll
enjoy this hobby from now on with
Yes ... Damselblue should have paid more money
to hand select her live rock. Rocks directly off
the reef have random shapes and just aren't
made to order ... works for some, but not for all.
Voice of Reason ... will do.
I don't think it's fair that the vendors
are in it for the money.
I think they should also be there for
providing the best product and making
their customers happy. You know?
Lighting in this hobby is ridiculously expensive.
It would be very nice to hand pick
your own rock.
I guess that's what us hobbyists just
have to do. It's too bad so many of
us have to be disappointed.
Thank you Sal ... maybe I will
attempt this as soon as I have some time.
I wish Damselblue wasn't so disappointed too.
...Continue to Act XV