Might be a rookie question but do you put coral in with a live rock or is it one or the other?
Both. You do not need 1#/g of rock to water, less is better, and that much can actually work against care/export/husbandry.
But your tank should have the LR 1st for a few months
Also what are you guys favorite brands for all of your equipment?
Lifereef for me, but you'll have to be more specific.
I like the Fluval E series heaters
Also I was reading about water changes 10 to 25 percent every two weeks so that would be around 10-11 gallons every two weeks? Seems like a lot of water to replace. Would that much of a change affect your coral and livestock?
That only equates to 20-50%/month, not bad.
It does affect your coral, and inhabitants, hopefully in a good way
as per recipe of doing it right. If you use dechlorinated tap water
or a salt mix that's not good for your system (some are higher in elements
that you are not using at the rate of replenishment) then it would affect the livestock in a less than desirable way,
sooner for treated tap water (RODI water kept at or near 0ppm TDS is base line or fundamental and quite frankly
where you should begin. Do you have a RO DI filtre?
Sorry about so many questions, I just want to get it right the first time and not have a disaster on my hands