All live rock ships for FREE via FedEx 2Day.
Customers must place Live Rock orders separately from livestock orders.
If you accidentally order Live Rock & Livestock together we will contact you with any additional shipping charges.
Shapes: Feel free to request specific shapes and sizes of live rock by email or phone before we ship. We can select nano sized live rock for smaller aquariums and larger pieces for larger aquariums. Just let us know what you prefer. We fill every box with hand-picked pieces. No unacceptably small or broken pieces are put in your box. Each box comes with rocks of various sizes - most rocks are from 5"-15".
Pre-cured: Premium Indonesian Live Rock is pre-cured in Indonesia for 1 week by placing it on shelves and spraying it with saltwater. This method of pre-curing helps to eliminate undesirable critters such as mantis shrimp and bristle worms.
Fully Cured: Vivid Aquariums continues the curing process after we receive the live rock. Our Premium Indonesian Live Rock is fully cured before shipment. 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. If you are adding the live rock to an established reef tank it never hurts to hold it in a separate bin with saltwater and a pump for a few days to fully clean it before adding it to your display.
Coraline Tip: One issue we must note regards coralline 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 coralline algae covering it. Unfortunately, the majority of this brilliantly 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 coralline encrusted rock which may not retain its color long enough for you to enjoy it.
Water Chemistry: When you maintain proper calcium (420-440 ppm), alkalinity (8-9.5 dkh) , and magnesium levels (1260-1350 ppm) you will begin to see beautiful coralline algae encrusting over your live rock. It can take a year or more for your rocks to become fully encrusted in coralline algae. If these conditions are not maintained, any existing coralline algae will eventually lose its color.
Dosing: Vivid Aquariums uses and recommends dosing pumps to automate the dosing of additives and keep your levels more constant. A dosing pump can alleviate the chore of manually dosing your aquarium with Ca, Alk, & Mg 2,3, or 4 times per week and will benefit your aquarium by keeping your levels constant through frequent small additions of Ca, Alk, & Mg. Our tanks all progressed when we switched from 3 manual dosings per week to 70 automatic dosings per week and we got a lot more work done.