FULLY CURED LIVE VERSION - We take the factory cured and dried rock up a level. We unwrap all the pieces and stock in our saltwater pools for a minimum of 6 weeks and usually months. So the rock is fully cured and biologically active. Then when you order, we pull the pieces wrap with wet paper, box and ship. So the rock will arrive very damp and the live bacteria will cycle your tank, or add to an established tank without causing an ammonia spike. We recommend using 2 day shipping (air or ground if in a 2 day zone or less) for maximum protection to save the live bacteria, but can survive up to 4 days in the box and still be active.
SIZES: These pictures are a representation of Real Reef Rock. Rock received will vary in shapes and sizes. By default we provide a mix of sizes. You can request special sizes. This is sold by the pound, not the piece. We usually have pieces from 3 pounds to 40 pounds.
SHIPPING: The rock is well packed but shipping companies can be quite rough, so expect some minor breakage. We are not able to replace or refund due to shipping damage, the rock can easily be repaired. If you have major damage please contact us.
With the increasing demand and environmental impact of the Live Rock trade, FHI Coral Farms developed REAL REEF in response. Real Reef is a trademarked patent pending American aquacultured bio-active living reef aquarium rock.
Real Reef is a 100% environmentally friendly Live Rock substitute. It is a clean calcium carbonate rock with great buffering ability, shape, color and everything else you like in a great live reef rock. There is no curing required, as it is packed directly from the FHI farm's grow out tanks and sent directly to you the retailer.
Real Reef Shelf Rock is our version of the shelf or slab rock that use to be imported from the Kingdom of Tonga for many years, before getting banned for destructive collection practices. Many have try tried to ship similar wild products from countries like Indonesia of Fiji, but fell short of the beauty and table top shape of the Tonga Shelf Live Rock.
The Real Reef Team used Tonga Shelf as model to replicate and the results are so similar to the old Tonga Shelf that most think it is the real thing! If you always liked the look of true Tonga Shelf, without the environmental reef impact, than this is the rock for you!
Works great for adding shelfs to your existing or planned aquascape. Great for creating shelfs to accommodate frags, clams and other marine life needing a flat surface. Made from the same all natural calcium based ingredients as Real Reef Rock and functions great as a natural filter or growing surface.
Real Reef is put into out multiple 600 gallon pools so it's full with microscopic life! Real Reef looks, feels and aquascapes like real live rock. Most Aquarists think it's better than the real thing!
It's time as a hobby and industry we start looking into the future and protect this hobby we all love so much. Try aquascaping with Real Reef today.
Real Reef is made of 100% natural eco friendly green materials. Materials composed of the same mineral building blocks as coral skeleton live rock, without the environmental damage to the World’s Coral reefs. Real Reef is composed of several different types of mineral aggregates and sand. Some are very similar to high end media used in modern Calcium Reactor dosing systems. Real Reef is high in Calcium Carbonate, with amounts in the 82-85% range. Unlike coral skeleton which is primarily Calcium Carbonate, Real Reef contains a variety of essential trace elements and minerals. This remaining 15-18% consists of minerals and trace elements such as: Magnesium, Strontium and Iron.
It takes over 13 steps to manufacturer Real Reef Rock and every piece is unique and different, but not ugly! No two pieces are the same, just like Mother Nature! Real Reefs multiple ingredients are bonded together with natural calcium based binders; we do not use any chemical or synthetic epoxies or glue. It is through this labor intensive proprietary Patent Pending process that makes Real Reef mimic some of the best coral Live Rock shapes the aquarium industry has seen!
Real Reef’s beautiful shades of Purple, Pink and Red come from a water based non-toxic natural pigment. These proprietary pigments are injected and applied through several techniques and processes. Every piece of Real Reef is hand made by our Artisans here at our U.S. facility with pride and creativity. Real Reef is made, grown in the U.S.A and always will be!
Once the Real Reef Rocks are created, they go through a pre grow-out preparation. This pre grow-out freshwater curing process lasts for a minimum of 12 weeks. Once the rock has completed the curing process, it is then transferred to saltwater grow-out for a minimum of 12-16 weeks. Our marine grow-out facility consists of large 3,000 and 10,000 gallon fiberglass raceways in our climate controlled greenhouses. It is in these filtered closed system raceways that Real Reef becomes a biologically active aquarium rock. It is from these grow-out raceway systems that Real Reef is prepared, packed and shipped to distributors and retailers worldwide.