Around 45 years ago when I first started keeping fish you never heard talk about cycling fresh water tanks. Only saltwater. Even 10 years ago I don't remember it being made such a big deal bout it like you read today.
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+1 and all the yammering has not saved fish.
Water changes, not sure why there's an aversion to them, but any new planted tank with CO2 etc, it's going to be a wise thing and will make the start up much much easier, eg, 2-3x a week, 50-70%.
You get a planted tank, or otherwise, water changes are what you signed up for. Non CO2 can do without them, but............there's some caveats and serious trade offs.
Plants take up NH4, so cycling is pointless for planted tanks.
There is no "cycle" of any concerned. I suppose if you have 1 Anubias and 30 Gallon tank...........then add 50 cardinals in it and feed them like mad right away, but those folks will kill their fish anyhow. They'd do best to do the water changes more and not play with ammonia. I'm trying to think of any good that Fishless cycling might do for a hobbyists, and I'm really coming up with very very few reasons anyone should bother with it.
Several others with decades also have essentially stated the same things.
Using mulm, or that brown muck from the filter sponge of filter media that's being cleaned is ideal cleaned, or swap out an old pad for the new filter pad etc. Plant roots are also covered with bacteria. So the seeding is easy.
Why wait 3-4 weeks when you can add precisely what you need that's live and fresh?
Goad newbies into doing water changes, that will save more fish over time than any FC ever has. One simple universal thing. And teach them to do so and make it easier, eg, python like things or 20 years before python or similar hose doohickies came out, we used this:
Hang on the tank to drain, twist to set the height % you want changed, clean filters, do any other things you need while it drains out onto the lawn, drain etc. Once drained, then you take the other end and get a garden hose to PVC adapter(Most all hardware stores have these) and get generally 1/2" thread for the shower head. Adjust the tap temp and connect to refill the tank with tap water and add dechlorinator etc to the tank. No buckets are harmed, you can change multiple tanks in a few minutes.
Plenty of folks have killed or toasted their tanks using Fishless cycling also, like anything that can kill fish...........