Aquarium Live Rock
June 19, 2004 7:12 PM   Subscribe

Just a real quickie: what does this news article actually mean? Live rock? Huh?
posted by five fresh fish to Science & Nature (5 answers total)
maybe it's like coral? or is used by fish/crabs/etc as homes?
posted by amberglow at 7:17 PM on June 19, 2004

Live rock is basically accumulated coral skeletons with bacteria living in it. It's good for aquariums as as it helps with filtration and such.
posted by pealco at 7:19 PM on June 19, 2004

Uncured Live Rock:

Sought after by hobbyists because of the additional life forms found on it. Do not introduce uncured rock to an existing aquarium without first curing it.

A simple and very effective way to treat for and eliminate unwanted critters from fresh Live Rock is to dip each piece in a bucket of very saline water (SG 1.030) for 20-30 seconds. Mantis shrimp will quickly evacuate the rock. Bristle worms will also crawl out and can be pulled from their holes with tweezers.
- from a google search.
posted by dash_slot- at 7:28 PM on June 19, 2004

Hmmmm. Guess I should have tried Google after all. I thought it was some sort of weird, weird mistake in the story!
posted by five fresh fish at 9:06 PM on June 19, 2004

Live sand, too?

The things on can learn on the Internet!
posted by five fresh fish at 9:44 PM on June 19, 2004

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