That's a Nice looking Tank!!
FYI.. I recently started myself (December) and I agree that $5/lb is a pretty good price for LR
from a LFS
. I too looked around at my LFS
and cheapest I found at the time was $14.99/lb..YIKES. I've since found a better local source for my future additions.
ANYWAY.. You may want to look online for LR
. I paid under $4/lb WITH shipping for my 50lbs of LR
. I bought it from this forums spnsor - underwateroutlets.com. I ordered it on a Friday and had it in 3days.
As your just getting started as well, you can Cure the Rock and Cycle your tank at the same time.. Kill 2 birds with one stone!! That's what I did (after getting alot of advice here!)