03-21-2012, 09:03 PM
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Definitely plant the tank at the start. Get everything (filter, heater) going with the plants. If all is well, you can start adding some fish. But go slow.
If some of the plants are fast growing, such as stem plants, or better yet, floating, they will easily assimilate the ammonia from the fish. I don't know the tank size, or intended fish, or intended plants...some fish are better added to an established tank. If you can provide this data, I might have further suggestions.
But the bottom line is that sufficient fast-growing live plants and a few fish will allow you to go from day one with no harm to the fish.