I've read the topic, yes. I've also successfully cycled tanks before, too.
I'm likely going to invest in a 16 gallon bowfront tank very soon, as that's about as big as I can get and still travel a few times a year between dorm/home.
I think I'll likely do a fish-in cycle, as I will be transferring some older gravel from an established tank, as well as using many live plants. What I'm wondering is which fish would be better for the fish-in cycle.
This will be a community tank of corydoras and leopard danios, and possibly one male betta. Should I use my betta for the fish-in cycle, or should I start purchasing several of the danios for the cycle instead? My research has told me that both fish are hardy for fish-in cycles, particularly the danios. If I go the danio route, though (never having had them before, but since they're such beginner fish I figured I would manage), how many should I initially start with for the fish-in cycle?
I suppose it's possible this might turn into a sorority instead, but I've fallen in love with corydoras, particularly the juuli, and the leopard danios are also lovely. It's true what they say about Betta's being the "gateway fish," because I'm well and truly hooked on them. I cannot wait until I get a permanent residence of some kind, so that I can get a much larger tank :P