If you're the patient type, there's a way to do it that will almost eliminate the cycle and will save you some money. Get dry base rock...perferably something porous that would make nice looking LR
. Stack it in first and top it off with some of the LR
from your other tank. The "dead" base rock will be LR
in a few months...may not take that long. You can also move some sand from the other tank to help start the sand bed. Add some water from the other tank too.
Advantages: You don't get any undesirable critters that you don't already have.
There will be no cycle to speak of because the sand and base rock are inert...nothing there to die off. The LS
that you add is already fully cured and won't experience any die off. The bacteria is already there and would probably support a small fish or two.
Disadvantages: It will take a lot longer to get everything going and looking good.
Anyway...just a few thoughts that might save you some money and still have the desired results.