Well to me, live rock is liverock. I like to look of figi rock better. Becuase you get some tonga figi rock and more coraline.
I would run the lights on a 8 hour photoperiod to allow the organisms on the liverock to grow and live. Otherwise, they will just slowly die off... I would also run the skimmer. Most don't. Do Maybe another opinion on the skimmer would help.
Hope This Helps! Good Luck On The Tank!
P.S. Within 2-3 months I added some corals and fish....
We are new to this hobby and continue to read and learn all that we can. In regard to LR, we purchased the majority of our rock as Fiji with a couple larger pieces of Marshall Island rock to 'change the scenery'. I have not been made aware of any concern with having both types of rock....we purchased all of the LR at the same place.
I prefer to cycle my tank the same way I will be running my tank once it is done cycling. Same lighting period, same skimming, same everything....just so once it's done cycling I'm not going to change the way everything is being done. It worked very well for me.