Feel free to request shapes and sizes of rocks by email or phone before we ship. Every box is filled with the best hand-picked pieces. No unacceptably small or broken pieces are put in your box.
All Vanuatu Live Rock is "pre-cured" in Vanuatu for 1 week by placing it on shelves and spraying it with saltwater. This method of pre-curing helps to eliminate undesireable critters such as mantis shrimp and bristle worms.
We sell both pre-cured and fully cured Vanuatu live rock. Precured rock is available at a lower cost due to reduced handling time. Our pre-cured Vanuatu rock is rinsed in saltwater and kept in curing tubs prior to shipping, but is by no means fully cured. Significant additional die-off will occur during shipping therefore it is imperative that you fully cure this live rock for a period of 1½ - 2 weeks before placing it in your display aquarium. If setting up a new aquarium you may place it directly into the aquarium. It will help to cycle the aquarium as it cures. Do not place uncured rock into an aquarium with fish or coral.
For information on how to cure and set live rock please see Curing and Setting Live Rock under our Aquarium Help Index.
Fully cured Vanuatu rock is rock that has been thoroughly rinsed and cured in our curing bins, and has been submersed in our established reef system for more than two weeks after curing. It is not necessary that you cure our fully cured rock, however you must dip it and rinse it in a bucket of saltwater before placing it in your display aquarium.
Since both our pre-cured and fully cured Vanuatu live rock is re-packaged before shipment we only send you nice pieces, and do not include the "rubble rock" that comes with the direct shipments we recieve. Each box comes with rocks of various sizes- most rocks are from 5"-15".
One issue we must note regards Coraline encrusted live rock that is often offered for sale. Please be aware that most freshly imported live rock will arrive in the U.S. with beautiful purple, pink, and green coraline algae covering it. Unfortunately, the majority of this brillantly colored algae will not survive the curing process. The rock may arrive at your door with beautiful colors, but when you pull it out of your curing bin you will find that it has lost much of its color. Therefore, we recommend buying live rock based on the unique shape of a specific type of rock and on price rather than paying extra for Coraline encrusted rock which will not retain its color long enough for you to enjoy it.
Our fully cured rock has moderate coraline algae growth which has survived the curing process. When provided with good water quality, lighting and especially proper calcium levels of 400-450 ppm, beautiful Coraline Algae will grow and eventually cover any live rock. If these conditions are not maintained, any existing coraline algae will eventually lose its color.
SHIPPING: Live rock 2-day delivery ships for about $2.23/lb to New York and about $0.67/lb to California, and somewhere in between everywhere else. We charge actual shipping costs and do not make any money off shipping.
Also, if you are looking for nano-reef size rocks, please send us an email or give us a call as we can customize your live rock order to fit your needs.