Originally Posted by Cody
I would get base rock instead of the fake rock with fake coralline, etc, so the rock can actually get seeded and turn into LR.
Any porous rock will seed. The tufa rock in my reef is only 5 months old and virtually indistinguishable from the original live rock, not only the color, but the small life forms growing on and moving in and out of the pores.
However, Cody is a supporter of the basic theory presented. You want live rock and sand, with a good protein skimmer, as your basic filtration source. Especially on aquariums >20 gallons in size.