After being unavailable for a few years one year, we’ve just come to learn that Haitian live rock and Ricordea rock will once again be available to the U.S. aquarium trade. Caribbean live rock from Haiti usually originates from elkhorn skeletons which are dense but flat like the Tonga shelf rock or from lettuce coral (Agaricia) which is leafy yet light and unlike any other Pacific Ocean live rock. There have already been a few boxes of Haitian rock shipped out but we’re told that so far the rock has been of the lettuce coral variety. How about some Ricordea rock?Â Pending a few more bureaucratic obstacles the Ricordea rock has not yet started to ship but hopefully it will drive down the price of single Ricordea polyps once it is again widely available. It’s one thing to piece-meal all different R. florida color variations together but there is something to be said for just buying a nice little Ricordea colony. Legitimate marinelife dealers interested in getting in on the Haitian rock and Ricordea action should contact D.R. Imports.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.