Reef on the Rocks is a relatively new company which makes a high quality artificial rock for use in reefscaping. We first wrote about the Reef on the Rocks products a few weeks ago and from looking at the images we didn’t really see much differentiation from this and other forms of man made rocks. After receiving one of the medium columns by ROTR and thoroughly handling and playing with it, its clear that the company spent a fair amount of time perfecting their aragocrete recipe they call aragolite.
The medium column from ROTR that we reviewed was well packed and came with one large base piece, three medium pieces and seven satellite pieces. The large and medium pieces are pre-drilled with color-coded holes so that they can interlock using the provided ceramic rods. We were unsure how well this column would come together, or how we felt about someone else’s design dictating the appearance of our reef column. Once the pieces came together we were pleasantly surprised. This medium column had a great amount of heterogeneity, it was asymmetrical in all dimensions yet being able to rotate the medium and satellite pieces of rock left enough flexibility to fine tune the look of the reefscape.
Let’s face it, anyone can make some decent aragocrete in their garage, drill some holes and get some ceramic pegs to put together something like this but we felt guilty about being able to assemble a nice reefscape with none of the associated messes. When ROTR first asked us to review their product we thought it might be a little bit hokey to try out a pre-made reefscape but these guys really have a cool product. It’s a crying shame that 2-D images don’t convey the nice three-dimensional structure of the medium column ROTR. If you want a nice reef bommie but don’t want the mess, you really ought to consider this high quality aragonite rock from ROTR. Reef on the Rocks is available from Aquarium Specialty by the pound, and we suppose it’ll be a matter of time before the pre-made structures are listed up on the site. Follow the break for more pictures of the assembly process.