WELCOME TO AA!!!
Please do not cycle your tank with live animals.
I am starting a 125G. I bought 150 Lbs od base rock from marcorocks.com. I plan on adding about 70-100 of cured LR
once I get it all in.
You want to shoot for 1.5-2Lbs of rock per gallon to provide proper biofiltration (you could even skip the filter).
Remember, "live" simply means having the nitrifying bacteria on/in it. This is your biofiltration. To answer your question, yes dead will become live.
If you are planning on cycling your tank with cured LR
, the cycle may kill off a lot of stuff, due to the toxic levels that will be present in the tank, but other stuff will grow back. I would sugges, cycle your tank with the base (dead) rock. Once your cycle is complete, you can add the cured LR
when ever you like.
I truely don't really believe if that sand is "Live" after sitting in a warehouse, shipping, and sitting on the shelf in the LFS