Live Rock Comparison Chart


Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff

Live Rock Comparison Chart
LiveAquaria.com is pleased to offer a wide selection of beautiful Live Rock, beneficial for the success of any marine aquarium. Selecting the right Live Rock among so many great choices depends on aquarium conditions, equipment, care level, and the overall desired look of the aquarium display. Use the following chart as a guide to select the ideal Live Rock for your dream reef aquarium setup.

Please note: Different varieties of live rock require different curing and acclimation procedures. It is imperative to cure live rock before it is placed in the display aquarium that contains fish, coral, or invertebrates. This precautionary process significantly reduces harmful ammonia spikes as well as unwanted hitchhikers.

Please refer to our Live Rock/Sand Acclimation Guide to ensure successful introduction to your tank.

Drs. Foster & Smith Select
Fiji Premium Live Rock

Fiji Premium Live Rock -
Large Size

Fancy Fused Live Rock

"Real Reef" Live Rock

Fiji Standard Live Rock

Caribbean Live Rock

Vanuatu Live Rock

Drs. Foster & Smith Select
Nano Live Rock

Fiji Foundation Live Rock

Refugium Rubble

Drs. Foster & Smith Select Fiji Premium Live Rock
Drs. Foster & Smith Select Fiji Premium Live Rock
Origin: Fiji
Colors: Pink, Purple, Red
Tank Conditions: 72-78°F, sg 1.023-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4,dKH 8-12
Supplements: Calcium, Iodine, Strontium, Trace Elements
Characteristics
Pre-cured and scrubbed to decrease curing time
Very porous, mainly round and oval shapes that are well covered in purple coralline algae
Excellent foundation for corals that also aids biological filtration
Assorted sized pieces
"Real Reef" Live Rock
Real Reef Live Rock
Origin: Aquacultured - USA
Colors: Green, Purple, Red
Tank Conditions: 72-78°F, sg 1.023-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4,dKH 8-12
Supplements: Calcium, Strontium, Iodine, Trace Elements
Characteristics
Answers increased demand for live rock with zero coral reef impact
Manufactured in the USA within a closed system, preventing unwanted pests
"Real Reef" rock is placed in raceways in our Aquaculture Coral & Marine Life Facility until it is ready to ship
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Select Nano Live Rock
Drs. Foster & Smith Select Nano Live Rock
Origin: Indonesia, South Pacific
Colors: Green, Pink, Purple, Red, Yellow
Tank Conditions: 72-78°F, sg 1.023-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4,dKH 8-12
Supplements: Calcium, Iodine, Strontium, Trace Elements
Characteristics
Pre-cured to greatly reduce cycling time
Semi-dense with a diversity of shapes from branching pieces to oblong or oval shapes
Well covered in different Colors and types of coralline algae
Excellent foundation for smaller corals
Aids biological filtration to maintain a stable environment in the smaller reef aquarium
Fiji Standard Live Rock
Fiji Standard Live Rock
Origin: Fiji
Colors: Pink, Purple, and Red
Tank Conditions: 72-78°F, sg 1.023-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4,dKH 8-12
Supplements: Calcium, Iodine, Strontium, Trace Elements
Characteristics
Pre-cured through a unique misting process to help eliminate harmful hitchhikers such as bristle worms and mantis shrimp
Cost-effective way to fill fish-only or reef aquarium with decorative live rock
40-70% coverage of Coralline algae on the top or "show side" of each piece
Fiji Foundation Live Rock
Fiji Foundation Live Rock
Origin: Fiji
Tank Conditions: 72-78°F, sg 1.023-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4,dKH 8-12
Supplements: Calcium, Iodine, Strontium, Trace Elements
Characteristics
Cured dense rock perfect for use as foundation rock
Creates a stable base for more colorful and decorative live rock
Teeming with beneficial bacteria and micro-fauna
Sensible way to construct elaborate live rock displays
Fiji Premium Live Rock - Large Size
Fiji Premium Live Rock - Large Size
Origin: South Pacific
Colors: Green, Purple, Red, Yellow
Tank Conditions: 72-78°F, sg 1.023-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4,dKH 8-12
Supplements: Calcium, Iodine, Strontium, Trace Elements
Characteristics
Pre-cured and scrubbed to decrease curing time
Excellent foundation for corals that also aids biological filtration
The average size rock is 10 to 20 inches
Caribbean Live Rock
Caribbean Live Rock
Origin: Caribbean, Haiti
Colors: Green, Purple, Red
Tank Conditions: 72-78°F, sg 1.023-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4,dKH 8-12
Supplements: Calcium, Iodine, Strontium, Trace Elements
Characteristics
Uncured, fresh rock that consists of ancient Lettuce coral heads that have been re-encrusted with coralline algae, sponges, tunicates, and macroalgae
Many open areas which enable better circulation, and a natural appearance, lighter weight
Moderate curing time
Lighter than any rock available on the market making it very affordable
Vanuatu Live Rock
Vanuatu Live Rock
Origin: South Pacific
Colors: Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Yellow
Tank Conditions: 72-78°F, sg 1.023-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4,dKH 8-12
Supplements: Calcium, Iodine, Strontium, Trace Elements
Characteristics
Various forms of macroalgae are common with this live rock
Lightweight and very porous calcium carbonate, flatter in shape, and well covered in Red, Pink, and Purple coralline algae
Moderate curing time
Fancy Fused Live Rock
Fancy Fused Live Rock
Origin: South Pacific
Colors: Green, Purple, Red, Yellow
Tank Conditions: 72-78°F, sg 1.023-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4,dKH 8-12
Supplements: Calcium, Iodine, Strontium, Trace Elements
Characteristics
An "uncured" semi-dense rock available in full box lots weighing 30 pounds
Well covered in green, purple, red, and yellow coralline algae
Because the rock is uncured, greater biodiversity can be found on it
Refugium Rubble
Refugium Rubble
Origin: Fiji
Colors: Green, Purple, Red
Tank Conditions: 72-78°F, sg 1.023-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4,dKH 8-12
Supplements: Calcium, Iodine, Strontium, Trace Elements
Characteristics
Live rock chunks ranging from 1/2" to 3" in size
Also contains some sand, gravel, and mud that help seed new aquariums or refugiums with beneficial bacteria
Copepods, worms, and amphipods increase biological diversity to make Reef Rubble a great "living substrate" for refugiums