Originally Posted by ma2oo
I am using my old filter on the tub right now. I do have a new filter running tho with some of the biological nodes. I plan to move the old filter once the tank temperatures are same.
That's a tough call. They're stressed in their current environment, but the tank isn't cycled. To me, it's a risk either way. Basically, they're in a "new" tank now (the bucket). You might as well go ahead and acclimate them to the new tank temp/water and put them in. You can run both filters for a week or 2... Even permanently if you choose to. Your old filter is already colonized with the good bacteria you need, so run it. Monitor your numbers closely and don't let them get out if control.
You might consider getting some Fritzyme 7 at your LFS
tomorrow and dosing the tank. Folks have mixed feelings about those types of products. They are designed to help colonize your aquarium with good bacteria faster than a normal cycle. I've had great luck with Fritzyme 7, and since your kinda stuck, it can't hurt to use it... It can only help.
A tip on plants: I like to use stem plants because when they get to tall, you can cut them and plant what you cut off as a new plant. Once you have the plants you like, you don't have to buy them any more, you just keep cutting and planting till your tank is nicely filled in. Plus, the old plant generally splits where you cut it and grows 2 stems. So... Now, you basically have 3 plants instead of 1.