Hi Everyone!!! I have been lurking around and here it is, my first post!!
Let me preface this by saying: We have basically NEVER done this before...EVER. :icon_mrgr bwahahahaha
So here's the sitch: My fiance and I are going to start a tank. Aqueon Evolve 8 gallon using the stock filter and LED light (wish it was bigger, but space is limited and i had to talk him into going up to 8g :icon_roll). We want to do a planted low tech tank (no CO2, ok with ferts, just nothing overboard) with some *small* fish and maybe shrimp or a snail or two...not too hung up on stocking at this point (as we can work on that while cycling). I have read up on cycling, so i know that is a must, and we are planning on fishless.
My Q: I'm just a little hazy on the exact step by step starting process when we are doing plants and fish. Do we plant, add water, and then cycle with the plants in there, then once cycled add fish? Or do we cycle first then remove and hold water, add plants and put the cycled water back,THEN slowly add fish? Just want to make sure we get off to the best possible start!
Thanks in advance for all the help, sorry for the long post!