"A little patience and possibly putting up with an unpleasant odor for a short time will ensure a strong biological filter is established prior to adding animal life"
how can we know what his biological filter media is and if it will ever be strong or established? he may have nothing but an inch of sand for all we know, not where id put stock
im just advising and encouraging to get good cured lr
(or cure it yourself if you feel like looking at rotting shrimp for 6weeks) as it was a huge help for me as a sw
novice, and btw
i followed "the conscientious marine aquarist" with success as i endured a minimal cycle with 0's in 10 days - so i can speak to cycling using hardy stock if and only if lots of cured lr
(~lb/g +) are in, there is lively circulation 10-20 ga/hr preferably, and the ammonia / nitrites are 0. see below...
again my advice - cured live rock is very very good in a new tank, highly advisable, trust me, and if you don't pick up "the conscientious marine aquarist" and trust Robert Fenner