Ya, get everything up and running as it will be once the cycle is completed. You can choose to skim or not to skim during this period, either way won't effect the cycle. Only do top-offs, no water changes until the cycle is done. Doing changes will only drag the cycle out. Once the cycle is done, do a 20-25% water change, add a small clean up crew and then you can begin slowly stocking. I'd also recomend finding 1 nice piece of LR
at your lfs
once you've cycled. Find something with a nice color coraline covering and it will spread to all your other rock over time. Cheap way to get a nice rock formation and odds are you'll get at least a few pods
and worms to get your population started. I paid about $30 for 3 pieces in my big tank combined with about 150lbs of base. Now everything has coraline on it, tons of feather dusters, pods
, worms etc. It just takes a little patience.