This is our choicest aquacultured live rock. Aquacultured live rock is one of our specialties. We have the oldest offshore live rock aquaculture site in The Florida Keys, and its unique location results in some spectacular live rock. We hand select every rock that goes in the water, and leave them on the bottom for at least two years until they are ready to be harvested. By our standard, the rock is not ready until it has at least 75% coverage by some sort of coralline algae or other durable, reef friendly, encrusting invertebrate. Many rocks will have some sort of live coral growing on them, usually some sort of Porites, Siderastrea, or Millipora. Green macro algae such as Halimida and Caulerpa are also common, as are a wide variety of brown fleshy algae.
This grade of rock is uncured, which means that you'll get all the bugs, starfish and creepy crawlers that normally inhabit the rock. We can cure the rock if you want, but you'll have to ask for it to be cured (no extra charge, just a little extra time).
The rock we use is an extremely porous type of limestone called "Miami Oolite", which is very high in aragonite and is relatively light and full of big holes. We don't buy machine sorted rock so we don't boast of having millions of pounds of rock in the water, but what we do have is very high quality.
Live sand and live rocks are not included in the $40 shipping and handling price. There a few different shipping options for this product please contact me so that we can make the best shipping arrangement possible. A ballpark estimate for shipping is $1.50 a pound for two day or priority mail, and about $2.75 a pound for FedEx Standard Overnight. We highly recommend overnight shipping because it is live rock and we want it to stay alive for you.
If you're interested in over a hundred pounds of rock, we would suggest you consider using airfreight for you shipping method. Shipping charges will be around $1.00 a pound but you'll need to go to the cargo section of your nearest major airport to pick up the freight.
If you live in Florida or southern Georgia, we can probably ship by FedEx ground, which is a two day service and is real affordable, probably around $.75 a pound..
Contact us for a more exact shipping cost.