Hi! I just made an account so Iím brand new to this forum, trying to start my first saltwater aquarium and Iím already running into problems.
I ordered aquacultured live rock that was pretty excited about and basically the shipping service lost my package and it showed up about a month later than it was supposed to... it smelled pretty bad. I unwrapped all of it and scrubbed each of the rocks pretty well to remove everything that seemed dead and went to a nearby fish store to buy some saltwater and a bucket which they are currently soaking in. The rock was pretty cool. It had some plants growing on it and clam shells that were still attached.
Some of the rock looks black at the bottom. It still doesnít smell great and ammonia levels are really really high. It seems like I need to add some current and filtration in the water and do water changes fairly often. The person at the fish store suggested I should just dry it out and restart which would be a bummer.
Iím interested to know if you guys think it might still be usable. Iím completely new to saltwater so any advice is super helpful.
Hereís a link to the rock I bought Incase that is relevant: