to check if it is alright or if it has died off just give it a sniff, if it smells ok it's most likely ok, if it smells bad then it's not fully cured or has died off somewhat[/quote]
When he says it smells bad it basically smells like rotten seafood if its not fully cured or has died off somewhat. another thing to consider is how you transport it home, it amazes me how shops advertise it as cured live rock then when you buy it they just hand it to you. most creatures present on live rock will die when out of water. meaning the rock is no longer cured. dont be afraid to ask your retailler to put it in water for you.
I have a red sea max housing a pair of common clownfish and a flame angel. I would also like to add a marine betta but am a little concerned about potential size. My local retailler suggets that in captivity they only reach around 4 inches and rarely exeed this. so i was wondering if anybody keeps them and agrees/disagrees with this. any advice greatly accepted thanks