Well if you look at it like the "live" sand approach, how much bacteria can survive the shipping and no O2
while it sits on a shelf properly or improperly stored.
There are folks that swear by it and have had success. Personally,I like to go with the raw shrimp. When I cycled my 125 it cost me $.51 for the shrimp. As you know, start up of a new SW
tank can be costly, so I go cheap where I can and save for the important stuff like lighting, equipment filtration and critters.
I think it is a good question and if this thread stays civil, many folks can get great advice.
I think the title of the thread might raise some eyebrows, lol.