Hi all. First of all, thanks to everyone that has given advice to me so far about kits, components, etc. I've pretty much decided on my 55 gallon and have picked out the filter system, heater, light, etc. I'm psyched. So, I already know I want live plants, and it seems that a good species to start with is Java Fern, and maybe one other hardy, low-light species (advice welcome!). I've got a plan in my head for the rocks I am going to use, substrate, plant position, etc. I stopped by my LFS on Saturday and the gentleman (owner's husband) was very helpful. He suggested cycling the tank first with a few hardy fish, then adding plants after the cycle so they would not be damaged by the ammonia and would have the nitrates. This makes sense...except... First, I plan on cycling without fish. I am tempted to try TSS, or just use pure ammonia. Second, I kind of want to get the plants in before I add fish, because I suspect I will be moving stuff around, etc. until I get it the way I want. It seems like it would be nice to have the environment more or less set up when the fish are added. My question: what it the best order or way to do this? Should I set up the tank with plants first, let the plants get established, then do a cycle (maybe with TSS and a few Dwarf Guorami)? or.... Cycle the tank without fish, add plants, let them get set, then add fish? or.... Cycle, add fish, then plants? Those that have set up planted tanks from the start...what has worked for you? As always, thanks in advance!