I was planning on starting off with a few small live rock pieces today followed by some more next week a so on as, like you, I don't want to spend over a couple of hundred dollars all in one hit. Unfortunately my plans of getting some today fell through, so will have to wait another week now. I prefer to buy it from an LFS
where I can pick and choose what I'm getting rather than not knowing what I'm getting, even if it will cost a little more. Do you know if its better to get premium live rock or just the standard cured rock? Great close up pictures of yours too btw.