Exactly.Bobby and his wife spent a week here in New York and we had a great time. discussed many fish ideologies. and quarantine or the lack of it.
It depends on what you mean by success.
Can it happen? I guess so. Does it happen with a lot of grief and problems? Yes it does.
I outline many times how IMO a new tank should be started and I never would say using dead rock. Live would eliminate so many problems.
I’ve stated on the board numerous times…i start a new reef with live rock right out of the box. No rinsing, no curing. Just sand in, rock in, water in, fish in…and I don’t really give much thought to it beyond that.
People can start their own tanks however they want. I don’t advise here. I simply talk about how I do it…not on my one tank at home, but on client tanks where I have a significant financial interest in being successful. I’ve been in business for almost 20 years. I must be doing something right.