I'm no pro by any means when it comes to cycling a tank. But I'll give you my advice. I about drove myself crazy cycling my 29g. My advice is this: just because one person does it one way doesn't mean you have to do it that way. I read all about cycling with live rock, with shrimp, and ammonia. It about drove me crazy checking things, and being impatient. Here is what I did:
1. Fill your tank with all your rock. The more live rock you can get the better.
2. If you can find it at your LFS
buy and fill your tank with nuti-sea water. (Sorry if not spelled right)
3. Be sure to use live aragonite sand.
4. This is where most people disagree, but for my 29g I bought 6 blue leg hermits. They will eat algae and also add ammonia to your tank. You may want to get 10 or more. Do not get attached to these guys. There's billions of them.
5. With your live rock, live sand, and live water and hermits in your tank. Let the cycle begin. Do not change the water at all! Just have some RO
water to top off and let it sit for 1 month. If your running a skimmer I would suggest not running it. Just run a HOB
filter. If you notice you've lost a crab, don't panic, just let it cycle and watch the ones you do have.
After a month you will have built up enough bb to house a fish or too. Just add your fish slowly and don't over do it. Each time you add fish your bb will need to catch up. It shouldn't take more than a few days. I lost only one crab during my cycle and it was to a fallen rock that fell on top of it. My tank now after 5 months is doing great. I've had 0 problems, and I've not once checked the water parameters. I learned the hard way to take your time and enjoy your tank. It's suppose to be a stress reliever and enjoyment. Not a burden. Good luck and keep us posted. But like I said, just because I did it this way doesn't mean you have to.