LIve rock and sand are nowhere near enough to keep a SW tank clean you def need a filter that has been fully cycled. rock and sand help but they wont get rid of detritus and other organic materials that your filter will. as far as rock i am no expert i personally started with base rock so it took over 3 months for it to fully develop into live rock and its transition was something cool to watch because i knew i was doing right and my parameters were in check.jkkgron2 said:Sorry for posting again, but I think I need to specific what I meant. I noticed you had said that live rock will be able to support the fish from the start and that life rock will take a lot more time. I have access to both so if the live rock will be able to support the fish better then should I get that instead? If so, how do I prevent unwanted pests?
I thought that the live rock and live sand was the filter? If so then wouldn’t I just need to get established live rock? Sorry for all the questions. I want to make sure I understand everything before I actually start getting the stuff.
As far as getting live rock unless you Quarantine it or do what is called curing, it will most likely bring all the hitchhikers from its previous owner and container. I never did that so you would need to do your research on curing live rock if you dont want any hitchhikers. The good news is that i believe you can cure your rock and start cycling your tank at the same time within the same tank so 2 birds with 1 stone just do your research.