Couldn't agree more with Dave, set the tank up the way it's going to run and cycle it that way. I have set a LOT of aquariums up (owned an LFS 130ish tanks, still do some setups and maintenance) and if one thing has bitten me in the rear consistently, it's been setting a tank up hoping to cycle quickly and then thinking I could then change it into what I wanted it to be without a hiccup. Especially if going to softer water, the hiccups are coming. Killing lights is about as far as I'll go, and if planting (I'll hardly even agree to setting up a non planted freshwater), I'll skip that in lieu of planting right away these days. Set the tank up for the species you want to keep and the water you are going to use and ride out the cycle and your cycle will
be right every single time. Shortcut, and your cycle may be fine but I can sure remember the ones that weren't a lot better.
, My biggest suggestion probably isn't what you want to hear but I'll sum it up in two words and here goes. Be patient.
These things take time. You are starting an ecosystem here, literally culturing millions of microorganisms. This isn't plug and play like a video game, it's real life growing stuff. It takes a year for my new tanks to look the way I want. Very few things about this hobby give immediate gratification. Like, baby shrimp and fish fry are about all there is! The biggest shift people have to make is wrapping their heads around this. That little bit of wiping algae and removing that dead leaf becomes a zen activity. It's just what you do. Day to day the tanks look exactly the same. But in 6 months, 12 months, 24 months, you've cultivated something amazing! And there will still be prettier ones on the internet that other people have accomplished, and never let that discourage you. This one is yours.