Apr 21, 2022: This month one batch of rubble tested positive for Aiptasia , and one batch of sand tested positive for Uronema. Obviously we can’t sell those!
The other rubble and sand tested clean, and sold out quickly. We hope to have another batch ready by mid-May.
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This is a question we hear a lot. The answer is important, so we thought we’d add it to the website.
Right now, the biggest answer to the question is: international shipping still hasnt returned to normal since the pandemic began. Its hard to find any suitable material to work with.
Beside, shis isn’t a simple wholesale-to-retail operation. We’re actively farming and testing this material and this takes time. We maintain each batch of the rock in an isolated, fish-free system. We routinely inspect and clean the material, and incubate it in reef conditions with live peppermint shrimp to make sure no Aiptasia make it through.
More importantly, we also test each batch using DNA sequencing. This is why it isn’t ready yet.
It’s also why we can’t just sell any of the rock we’re currently holding, until we get a clean test report for it. At present we’re maintaining rubble in seven dedicated systems, and awaiting for test results on several of these.
Here’s the thing: the absolute best source of live rock we’ve found still has about 18% of batches contaminated with pathogens or parasites. That’s about 1 in 5. Its not a gamble we’re willing to take with your tank, or our company’s reputation. So we wait for the tests to come in, and sell only the rock that passes those tests.
We’re sorry for the inevitable delays this introduces, but remain committed to providing tested, certified, pathogen and parasite-free live rock for the saltwater aquarium hobby. We hope this post explains the reason for these delays.