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Rock is the base of every aquarium so it is important to choose the right kind. Fortunately, AlgaeBarn has you covered. You can buy dry rock in sets of 50, 75, and 100 pounds. Many hobbyists make the mistake of buying live rock that comes from a running system or straight from the ocean. Of course, there are exceptions, but this is generally a huge mistake. The main benefit of getting live rock is the beneficial bacteria that come already seeded and living on the rock. That beneficial bacteria is essential to starting a tank and keeping it stable. The issue is that with the bacteria comes diseases, hitchhikers, pests, unwanted algae, and all sorts of decaying organics and waste. Those are all things many hobbyists struggle with years after they start their tank because they made the choice of using live rock. Some hobbyists use a curing process to remove all the pests. This process involves letting the rock sit in an external system for a long period of time. A lot of the bacteria are killed off in the process as well. Even then, some pests may survive and make it into the tank. The only way to be 100% safe is by using dry rocks. Using dry rock ensures they are clean and have no pests of any kind. Although the rocks do not have that desired bacteria, you can easily add the bacteria using a bottled product. Bottled bacteria even works better than the wild bacteria that comes on live rocks. Another added benefit to dry rock from Algaebarn is the price. You can buy 100 pounds of rock for $225. Live rock, on the other hand, can cost as much as ten dollars per pound. That would be $1,000 for 100 pounds! Assuming you will want to add copepods to your tank (because that is the smart thing to do), AlgaeBarn dry rock provides superb habitats that will allow the copepods to thrive and reproduce. AlageBarn also offers clam rocks, which come with the clam keeper kits or on their own.

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