hi, i hope this situation hasn't been answered before, but i just ended up buying a 55g tank with stand & canopy/ pro clear 75 wet dry filtering system with skimmer/ return pump (rio+ 1700),a heater & 48" florescent light set for $200 off craigslist few days ago.
the person i got it from said he recently sold the fish/live rock etc and there's still some wet sand in the tank, little water at the bottom of the pro clear 75 unit.
this is my first saltwater tank and i'm strictly going for FOWLR
only for atleast a year before i move to corals etc. anyways, the guy mentioned that its better i don't clean the tank because he believes there are still some good bacteria in the sand bed and i should start using the tank without any cleaning. I was wondering if this was a good idea in the first place to just add saltwater to it and some cured live rock to start the cycling process. there is a faint stink in the tank, more like some dead snail or critters etc. is this decaying stuff releasing ammonia good for the cycling. please advise.