We know that AquaRoche has been working to increase the porosity of their ceramic structures but it is uncertain how recent this degree of porosity and heterogeneity was developed and whether you’ll find these live rock impostors already sitting over at Aquarium Specialty, the North American source for the AquaRoche. We don’t know what AquaRoche is adding to their ceramic batter before they cook it but some ingredients of theirs are causing the formation of lots of internal porosity. In fact, AquaRoche displayed these two samples of rock to us at InterZoo and we struggled to identify which one was from Fiji and which one was from France. Can you tell which of these two samples is the real McCoy and which one is the AquaRoche?
update: thanks to all that voted in this poll. 37% of you believed the rock on the left is the real McCoy and 63% of you voted for the rock on the right, which is in fact the real deal hollyfield. The very notion that ceramic rock could pass for real rock for almost 40% of the 500 people who voted is a testament to the quality and technique of making ceramic reef rock.