No, I'm new but not totally daft
I followed the instructions from several different DIY "live" rock videos on YouTube (went thru a few different recipes and made a lot of rock before I settled on a recipe and final rock look and texture I liked) - and soaked them for weeks!!
When I started my 10 gallon nano tank, I then purchased "live" rock (dry but cured and I cured it again) from a reputable LFS
in a major city near me, wet (colored rock) from a different LFS
in a different town & ordered "live" sand (CaribSea pink Fuji) from yet a third (also reputable) LFS
that delivers! I figured dealing with different stores, I was more likely to get at least something actually "live" to mix with my own rock.
I have talked and met with two of the actual owners of said stores, but not the one that delivers.
I believe my water tests over the first week are showing decent parameters. I am NOT going to run out and begin buying corals or livestock, I am in the process of cycling this tank and waiting for "critters" to appear. I am not trying to rush the process, I am adding ammonia every day to feed BB and just biding my time.
I only set up this tank on October 20,2013. I am prepared for it to take 3-6 weeks to cycle and potentially much longer than that for the more exciting stuff to happen! However, I will keep posting pics and asking questions