I prefer cycling with raw shrimp bc it doesn't expose to fish to high ammonia levels. I also like using LR
for cycling. I know that some believe LS
is a waste of $; all sand becomes live over time. The LS
packaging says you can add fish right away but I always checked the levels first. I do believe the LS
quickens the cycle. Having said that I will also say that patience is a key to a successful tank. The bioload of the fish may take a while for the bacteria to be able to handle/catch up to it. You'll find many opinions on here; that's a good thing.