Adding plants during a cycle
I am about ready to fill up my new 54 gallon tank. I have the background in, the substrate ready to go in. Filter, heater, everything. I only have a little bit of mature filter media to borrow, so I'm going to try Dr. Tim's One and Only for the cycle.
I only have a few of my plants. I haven't ordered the rest yet due to freezing conditions. My plants should arrive next week Friday (the 28th). Any reason to wait until then to start the fishless cycle? I know it's obviously easier to put plants in an empty tank, but I can drain it.
My thoughts: I've read a lot of varying opinions from you don't have to cycle a planted tank to you shouldn't fishless cycle a planted tank, etc. Because then the plants and bacteria are competing for resources, etc. I don't think my tank will be heavily planted, but I think maybe on the high side of moderately planted. I know plants absorb some ammonia and may compete with the bacteria for that. But I figure if the bacteria have a week to establish and then I put the plants in, the plants will take what they need and the bacteria may die back a little bit, but it won't matter because the plants are handling the ammonia instead. Thoughts?