Originally Posted by csoutherland
Since I'm getting started, do you think it would be fine to do 1 bag or live sand on the top of just regular sand and everything be ok?
Since you are just getting started, I wouldn't even do that. Go buy yourself a bag of dry aragonite sand (much better then just regular sand) and get your LFS
to give you a couple cups of live sand. It will take a little longer for the bacteria to establish in your sandbed, but by the time you finish cycling the bacteria population will be good to go.