I think I paid about $3.50 lb for my live rock. In the past I had some battles with my tank and was where you are now about to drain it. I decided 2 weeks ago I am going to get this tank running right again. My nitrates were over 160ppm and because of the help on this forum this morning they are down to 15ppm. The only advice I can give you on teh sand bed as what to do, is look at some photo's of saltwater tanks and see what you like the best. Pick a route and go. Some people are great at this hobby and others are not(like me). I do a lot of research and still don't have a tank I want. But, I am getting there. All aquariums are frustrating, just think how you will feel once we get past that and have a beautiful reef tank. I love this challenge. I will finish beating my nitrates. I have a photo in another forum called High Nitrates please help. If you want to see what a dsb
and about 60lbs of live rock looks like in 55g. Some one on here was going to order live rock for $115 a box but not sure how many pounds it was from PetCo.com I personally like ordering live stuff from petsolutions.com and my equipment from either them or marinedepot.com. I am going to order a clean up crew from reffscavangers.com who I have never ordered from but there crew is a lot cheaper than anybody else I have seen.