i'm just now waiting on my tank to start cycling. i've only got 1 "so-called" live rock, right now, and it doesn't look like it has anything "live" on it... there's some flaky stuff on it, which i suppose is ok and likely what i want, right? it's been in the tank for 3 days. i've got 2 dry rocks on either side of it & an artificial at the opposite end of the tank. last night, ammonia was still at 0 so i added 1 raw shrimp... was this the right thing to do?
i thought i needed about 75 lbs of live rock, until a day or so ago then i started reading all the mixed opinions about live vs dead... the thought of getting something like the Kraken worm creeps me completely out! so... what is popular opinion here?
then... live rock isn't readily available anywhere close, but i've found a guy about 45 minutes away that is selling "coralline active" live rock with sponges & copepods. since my tank hasn't really started cycling, i wasn't sure it would be appropiate to add to my tank. should i stick with rock that doesn't have coralline algae?
i've done lots of research... maybe too much and from too many sources. i want to do this right, so if anyone can direct me to one trusted source that can walk me through this i'd appreciate it & delete a whole lot of the bookmarks that make my head spin