uncured rock can certainly cause a stink. There are pros and cons to both cured and uncured. Here's my $.02 on the matter.
Pros - less mess (no curing), don't need a skimmer for cycle, fewer bad hitchhikers
Cons - fewer hitchhikers in general. Less variety of life as most retailers will scavenge anything sellable off of them to sell seperately. Usually a little more expensive
Pros - More variety of life, more hitchhikers, usually a little less expensive
Cons - higher possability of bad hitchhikers. Skimmer needed for cycle (cause you're curing during the cycle)
as noted, curing rock can stink, if you're doing it in your display tank as part of the cycle then it's likely somewhere you're going to smell it. You can deffinetly take sam's suggestion and cure the rock in a tub elsewhere (check our articles section for a quick how to cure rock) then once it's cured, set your tank up and put your newly cured rock in there.
, I would go with cured simply because it's a little easier for a beginner in SW
. It's what I used in my first SW
tank and I have plenty of awesome life on my LR