Best Aquarium Rock: Our Top Picks

Best Aquarium Rock
Best Aquarium Rock

Building an aquascape for a new aquarium is one of the most exciting yet time consuming steps in creating your dream tank. We all want to create a scape that can catch the eye of any viewer and sometimes, that means getting a rock into a position that may be difficult. Fortunately, aquarium manufacturers have brought new and unique rock options to the market to allow hobbyists to flex their creativity. Whether it’s for a freshwater, planted, saltwater, or reef tank, having the proper scape is a massive portion of what makes an aquarium such a great addition to your home or work space. While we will touch on a plethora of rock options for a wide variety of aquariums, our customer care team would be happy to assist you with any questions or needed recommendations.  

Within this article we will take a look at a great rock option for a low maintenance reef as well as a variety for those who are looking to start their aquariums from scratch. We will then discuss some choices for a freshwater planted scape and one for a really unique setting. Finally, we will round this article out with a good choice for someone who wants an easy aquascape straight out of the box. We will continue to offer the best aquarium rock options on the market for our customers and their tanks.

Summary:

Our top choice for the low maintenance reefer: CaribSea LifeRock

For those looking to start from scratch: AquaMaxx Dry Rock by Marco Rocks

A good option for  the freshwater planted scape: LifeGard Aquatics Freshwater Lineup

A great pick for a unique look: Two Little Fishies Stax Rock

The best choice for those lacking creativity: CaribSea LifeRock Shapes

Our top choice for the low maintenance reefer: CaribSea LifeRock

CaribSea LifeRock
CaribSea LifeRock

CaribSea has long been producing some of the best products on the market and, in recent years, their LifeRock line has made waves across the aquarium hobby. Not only is the appearance of the rock extremely close to the purple coralline color that we all love, the rock is also manmade to help preserve the real live ocean rock in our seas. Additionally, this rock also contains spored bacteria that will activate once it is submersed in your tank water. This bacteria will aid in a quicker and more effective tank cycling process. Another great feature of this rock is that it will not contain any pests while still providing all the great benefits that live rock can provide. This makes the CaribSea LifeRock our choice for the best aquarium rock for the low maintenance reefer. 

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For those looking to start from scratch: AquaMaxx Dry Rock by Marco Rocks

AquaMaxx Dry Rock

Some hobbyists prefer to start their reefs from scratch and our AquaMaxx Dry Rock from Marco Rocks will be an excellent choice for those needs. This rock is very porous and has plenty of surface area to grow beneficial bacteria. Using this dry rock variety will allow you to avoid any and all pests that can enter into your tank when using live rock. The only main limitation of dry rock is simply the fact that it will not aid in your tank cycle and if you want to do it naturally, it will require a large amount of patience. One final great advantage of this rock is that due to it being so porous, it takes up a lot of area and will give you more bang for the buck. For all of these reasons, the AquaMaxx dry rock is our pick for the best aquarium rock for a fresh start.

A good option for  the freshwater planted scape: LifeGard Aquatics Freshwater Lineup

LifeGard Aquatics Petrified Red Wood Stone
LifeGard Aquatics Petrified Red Wood Stone

Rock selection in a freshwater aquarium is not quite as crucial as it is for saltwater and reef aquariums. That being said choosing the right rock for your freshwater tank will set the perfect environment for all of your aquarium goals. Luckily, Lifegard Aquatics has covered all the bases for any type of rock you would like to add to your freshwater aquarium. Whether its an African Cichlid tank or a South American planted aquarium, one of their six rock varieties will suit your needs. Each rock option comes in a small and medium size option depending on the requirements of your aquarium. Additionally, these pieces are hand selected based on their appearance and are best suited to be used in combination with other rock as the main showpieces for any tank. 

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A great pick for a unique look: Two Little Fishies STAX Rock

Two Little Fishies Stax Rock
Two Little Fishies Stax Rock

For those who like to get creative with their aquascaping and build something unique, we have the perfect rock option for you. The STAX Rock line from Two Little Fishies provides hobbyists the opportunity to stack pieces of sliced rock with ease. This unique look is possible due to the fact that the rock is cut flat on each side. The rock itself is similar to our aquamaxx dry rock as it is free of all pests and is extremely porous which allows it to grow beneficial bacteria easily. There are three size options for this rock option including a 5 pound, 20 pound, and 40 pound box. Each box will contain a nice variety of sizes and shapes to create a one of a kind aquascape. For each of these features the STAX Rock is our top choice for those looking for a unique scape in their aquariums.

The best choice for those lacking creativity: CaribSea LifeRock Shapes

CaribSea Liferock Shapes
CaribSea Liferock Shapes

For those who have a hard time creating a unique looking aquascape, CaribSea has made it easy with their LifeRock Shapes. This box will consist of 20 pounds of rock in a variety of shapes that will combine into an incredible looking scape any hobbyist would be proud of. This rock still has all of the great features packed into the regular LifeRock we discussed earlier including dormant bacteria to help cycle your aquarium. The variety of shapes within this offering include caves, arches, and shelves to allow for endless possibilities of aquascaping. This rock will also have that great coralline purple color that can oftentimes take years to develop over normal dry rock. For each of these reasons, the LifeRock Shapes are our choice for the best aquarium rock for the hobbyist who wants a unique scape fresh out of the box.

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Final Thoughts: 

We hope this guide has given you a great idea of the rock varieties we have available for your aquarium. As the industry continues to push forward, we are sure that more unique rock options will be offered. Regardless of the type of aquarium you keep, there will be a wide variety of rock for you. If you have any questions or are needing a recommendation, our customer care team would be happy to assist you. We look forward to continuing to offer the best aquarium products on the market for our customers and their beloved aquariums.

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