Sump design looks great! Should work well for you. That fuge is the place to put any "bad" hitchhikers.
You are totally on with your research, but I guess it comes down to this. Every time you add something to the tank, it is going to produce the ammonia. whether it is alive or dead. You certainly can reduce that cycle time by getting a lot of live sand, and high quality live rock that will have very little die off. The ammonia will spike, as QS said because the tank is not used to having that bio load in it. Things may die because of it. Hitchers are a bonus, you can always get more.
Don't expect a lot, and be pleasantly suprised when something makes it. Fish cost a lot and they are a different story.
It would be a good Idea to get salt in there and get it all settled, because the process will start faster.
It would be impossible to get live rock and expect everything to live, but by providing the bacteria in live sand a little while ahead of time you will help.
You did not mention any live sand. You also did not mention how much rock you are getting. In a 29 gallon, if you add 30 lbs, it certainly has a different effect than a 150 gal
adding 25 lbs, or 100lbs.
I don't know how to link a thread, but in the last few days, I know that I saw a thread on how fast people had cycled there tanks. The overwhelming majority said that if they used ls
, there cycle was minimal. That is what I would expect for you.
Last, remember, Opinions... everybody has got one.
Worst case scenario, you do your best. Best case scenario, You do your best!
The whole thing is a learning process and I do not claim to be a master.