Yep, if you can home the fish for a few weeks that would be your best bet. You can cycle properly and won't have to worry about doing water changes everyday.
The fish are currently your ammonia source as far as cycling and it's a fine line cycling with fish in. Without them you can dose up your tank to 4ppm ammonia and not worry about it. It's just a waiting game after that.
Just my opinion! lol
180g Reef - 60g Rimless Reef -90G FOWLR- 125g Malawi Cichlids- 40b REEF- 34g Fresh Planted-working on- 20L FOWLR- working on
I have a mix of many different saltwater fish amongst my tanks, but I love my Tangs most of all.