I agree that it best to start slow on fertilization. Logically speaking, that is. For it would decrease chance of algae bloom. This is what I have seen with those whom use mineralized substrate. Algae didn't affect plants in that setup. Main thing is to balance the Co2 with the lights. There is a chart available on line. Also need good circulation.
I have used cycle. Yet when had a dust storm found that nutrafin bio-clear helped. It helped for dust storm was due to adding sand. If it is algae water changes is the key.
I've dosed for many years and have never found any correlation between ferts added at the initial stage vs not adding them.
Same for MS and ADA AS.......
It's not the ferts that lead or otherwise encourage algae, otherwise I should have rampant algae. That is simply not the case or true.
Hobbyists get some correlation then like to think they know more than they really do. Not adding ferts and having a decent result proves nothing
The question is specific.
Does adding ferts in the initial stage induces or encourages algae?
The answer under a controlled tank where light and CO2 are optimal is a resounding "no".
If you louse up CO2, add too much light, do not have enough current, flow, don't do enough water changes, do not add enough healthy plants to start off with...........and those things are not accounted for, you cannot say a darn thing about the issue of ferts.
Aquariums that do not add any ferts get algae as well..............
Adding ferts is fine, you may not need/require them in some cases, and adding more than enough/non limiting amounts also may not be required either, however doing so will not lead to algae in and of itself and implying otherwise is false.
I've not seen any evidence that it is a direct cause for algae.
There are indirect causes, such as strongly limiting PO4 etc, thereby reducing the demand for CO2 down but if the CO2 was good to begin, there would be no issue in the first place, since CO2 was a confounding factor. This is the old PO4 limitation argument but poor methods led to a poor conclusions that was shown to be false.
It was not the algae where limited, rather, that the plants did not have enough CO2 for a given light and nutrient level.
This same observation also applies to non CO2 aquariums.
Sediment ferts are added right away and a richer than sin.
Why not add them later and use this argument?
Why is the shoe on the other foot there, but not in the water column in other words?
MS should already be very low in NH4, that's why it's pre soaked, or why the Worm castings are boiled prior, or baked for 1 hour etc. ADA's suggestion is multi water changes for the first 1-2 months, or you can do the DSM and flush a few times at the initial filling.
Same types of issues, but they all have the same problems and frequencies with algae, because it's less to do with nutrients and more to do with the other issues mentioned prior above, CO2/light, enough plants, good frequent water changes etc etc........
I add ferts right away for the exact same reason I also add light and CO2............think about that.
If plants have reserves.........then why add light or CO2 either?
Same type of thing.