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    Eco-friendly Aquascapes with Reef on the Rocks

    Reef on the Rocks (ROTR) is a relatively new aquarium company that offers man made aragonite based dry rock for aquarium use. The Aragolite material they use is made from Aragonite, white cement, and perlite. The result is a lightweight and porous material that offers a texture similar to Fiji Liverock. For aquarists it offers […]

    reef on the rocks

    Reef on the Rocks (ROTR) is a relatively new aquarium company that offers man made aragonite based dry rock for aquarium use. The Aragolite material they use is made from Aragonite, white cement, and perlite. The result is a lightweight and porous material that offers a texture similar to Fiji Liverock.

    For aquarists it offers two serious advantages: 1) It is environmentally friendly and 2) It will not introduce any pests. The catch is that dry, sterile rock must be seeded with bacteria from established system to help in the biological filtration arena, or better yet, flora and fauna from liverock to make it ‘live’.

    For the aquascaping challenged reefer, Reef on the Rocks offers pre-made kits in arches and column structures. Using color coded holes and some fiberglass rods, the loose rocks quickly take shape. Shown here is a small Aragolite Arch. It takes just minutes to assemble and is quite sturdy. As we showed in the pinnacle aquascape video, using epoxy and superglue on dry rock like this will strengthen the structure even more.

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    RORT sent us this small arch kit to put through the paces. The main structure is made of 4 large rocks that are held together by fiberglass rods. Additional small “peg” rocks can be placed on top to add additional shape–they double as large, secure and easily removable frag mounts. Check out ROTR’s instructions here.

    Aragonite based rock is not anything new per se. DIY recipes using the coveted substrate along with Porter Cement are abound. It can be a fun DIY project, but it’s messy, takes a significant amount of time and the shapes all too often look unnatural and overly smooth. For manmade rock, the texture and shapes of Reef on the Rocks Agrolite are exceptional. But Mother Nature will always win the beauty contest.

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    If you plan to cover you rock with corals then Reef on the Rocks is a very attractive choice. If however, you plan for ample rock to be visible as in a FOWLR (Fish only with live rock) system, we’d suggest picking up some dead live rock  or lacey liverock that you can use to add some more variety to the texture and shape.

    After letting this rock soak in RODI water it was since been added to GBD’s JBJ 28g LED NanoCube. Keep an eye out for updates in the future as Reefs on the Rocks becomes alive.

    4 Comments

    1. Nicksadaka
      November 4, 2010 at 4:55 PM | Permalink

      I plan to use them on my new 65 gallon aquarium too, so I’m looking forward to your updates Eric!!! Thanks!

    2. clippingimages
      November 6, 2010 at 6:30 AM | Permalink

      ha…its nice 🙂

    3. Scott
      November 8, 2010 at 4:45 PM | Permalink

      Aquarium Specialty has them if you are interested…

      http://www.aquariumspecialty.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=146_853

    4. Nicksadaka
      November 9, 2010 at 2:58 PM | Permalink

      Hey Scott! I’ll definitely be getting some from you in the near future. Thanks!

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