I am finally getting the ball rolling with a new tank and building the stand the end of this month which will start the madness. Don't worry, there will be photos. The setup will be a 20G long low-end brackish setup (no more than 1.005 SG). This will be a new tank so I have to setup everything from scratch and cycle it obviously. My question is, should I let it cycle and then start raising the salinity, or just start out with the salinity that I want and keep it at that level? I know beneficial bacteria types change with salinity but from what I remember, low-end brackish is pretty much the same as FW, no? The reason I'm asking this is that I want to try some java ferns and vals which can handle mild salt. I know it'd be better for them to slowly transition, I really just don't want an extra step. However, if that is what will work best than I would gladly do it.