Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Apple Valley, MN
Rummys are sensitive fish.
I'd recommend a fishless cycle, even though it sucks having a tank with no fish in it. I've done both now, and I found fishless way easier to control the ammonia PPM. Plus if you have plants that are tolerant of it, you can crank the heat up and really speeds up the cycle. I think I cycled my tank at 84 degrees, which is 11 degrees warmer than I normally run it.
I mention the plants because that temp fried my x-mas moss, and when I looked it up after the fact it was pretty clear that it's not tolerant of higher temps. Everything else did great though.