Welcome! Glad to see you here. I'll offer my experience/opinions on your questions -- hopefully others will elaborate further. It's been a few years since I cycled a tank.
Should I use all uncured LR or a mixture (uncured & cured). Someone had mentioned to use a mix because it will cut down on the smell.
When we set up our 75g back in Jan of '99, we cycled it with a box of uncured Fiji from Premium Aquatics. I remember reading my husband the riot act about potential *odor* in the livingroom. I don't remember there being any smell at all
, and do (vaguely
) remember eating crow.
Should I do small water changes (5-10%) daily or every other day? Will this prolong the cycle?
This can be a controversial topic, and IMO
, goes hand in hand with the skimming & lighting issues. My take on all three is yes. Do small water changes, light the tank (reduced photo-period, maybe 4-5 hours/day total), and skim). Yes, you're going to prolong the cycle. BUT, insuring the survival of any hitchhikers, IMO
, is more important than *shortening* the cycle.
Will I need to rotate the uncured rock around every day while it is curing in the tank? Or can I set up my aquascape right off the bat?
Hehehe - good luck. I don't think you'll need to 'cycle' the rock around, but I wouldn't work too hard on aquascaping up front. We found ourselves removing pieces of LR
from the tank (way too often), and scrubbing nuisance sargassum, dying sponges, and other crud off it. The joys of uncured LR
. BUT, in the end, we also ended up with 'shrooms
, zo's, nice sponges, button polyps, etc.