I agree with the rest. Base rock mixed with a little cured rock will save you quite a bit of money. As stated, the base will become live.
Sand, some folks don't even put sand in their tanks, at all. I prefer the natural look and have sand in my tanks.
Originally Posted by melosu58
seed it with a couple cups of sand from your LFS
I just thought of this. Make sure it is out of the invert's tanks. Most (hopefully all) LFS
have the FOWLR
and invert tanks on separate filtering systems. In the event they may need to use coper to treat diseases in the FOWLR
tanks...again, hopefully they would QT the fish instead of treating the whole system with copper...BTW, copper is very bad for inverts and some fish.