Ok, so it's been a few years, but I am starting to plan for my new tank. We moved from maryland in 05, and I broke down my 58 just before we moved. fast forward to 07, and the finance committe has approved a new tank build. So far it appears it will be a 120G Oceanic Tech Tank (48x24x25) with all the other goodies. So I browse back to my fav. reef community, and I see posts about cooking liverock. So my question is, what exactly do I need to do to cook my liverock, Do I need to do it, and does it differ from cycling my rock in a container with a heater, power heads, and a light. my plan was to get a large rubbermaid trash can, 60g+ Industrial grade, add my fresh SW, partly cured LR, and then the heater and powerheads, put the light over the top, and let it sit in the garage (this would be in the spring) for a month or so to let it cycle. over the month check params. do 20% water changes, and then once all is clear and the cycle is over, move all of the rock and sw into the 120, then fill the tank and sump with fresh SW. check params for a week or two, and then start purchasing a cleanup crew, and a fish or two over the next month. Does this sound good. I would prefer not to cycle the tank in the living room if i can avoid it. I once had my 72 bowfront with a fluval (first tank setup) have it's return line pop off the back of the tank and against the wall. it proceded to drain 50 gallons onto the basement carpeted floor. yeah that was a nice call from the wife... anyway my basement smelled like a pier for a month afterwards, so i need to avoid that smell as much as possible.