Originally Posted by mikemc75
How should I start ? Ordered live rock. Not looking to put fish or coral in. Just want to start right. Can get. Cycled water and or media. But not shore what way to go or what's the best way to go
What's the "right " way depends on your ultimate goal. What do you plan putting in this tank? Live rock (if it hasn;t been cured) will produce some ammonia in your tank. Make sure you have a good test kit to keep tabs on PH, ammonia, nitrites and nitrates so you can actually see the rise and fall of ammonia and nitrites and the rise of nitrates. If the rock is cured and there is nothing to die off on the rock, you may need to add some life to the tank just so that the beneficial bacteria in the live rock have some ammonia source to feed off of.
I'm old school and believe that the right way is the slow, natural way.
But in today's hobby, faster ways are available and they are not necessarily wrong ways. The bottom line is you need to establish a bacteria bed to support the life you are adding to the tank. Whatever method(s) you use to get to that point is the "right" way and you may need to adjust your plans or schedule depending on which way you use. Trying to skip this is the only wrong way.
I strongly suggest you do some research on setting up and, more importantly, maintaining a marine fish tank. Once you know what to do and why to do it, you should feel more confident with your tank.
Hope this helps