"Adding a cocktail shrimp to start the Nitrogen cycle will make it LS
i beg to differ on this comment ! all this will do is start the bacteria but will NOT make dead sand turn live!
live sand is loaded with worms pods
and many other tiny critters! but not the bagged stuff sitting on the shelves!
will help make your sand get these creatures but imo
no where close to "REAL" reef sand! also its takes allot longer for it to become populated this way! just like using base rock it will turn live but takes time!
agree on the 2nd comment about trying to get live sand from and local reefers that live near you! and the more sources the better! your goal is to have as much diverse life you can get!
ive started with a tank with dead sand with lr
but after bringing sand back with me from the ocean i can say there is a huge difference in the amount of life that was in the sand that imo
you wont get just out of rock!