What you're doing is just fine, T-bone.
Fishless cycling has really become a passe thing any more these days, and the only time I would ever recommend it is if you are setting up your very first tank and have no seeding material what so ever. Even then, it can be done without stressing the new fish if you have plenty of plants and don't add a big fish load all at once.
The fishless cycle was way over touted a few years ago, and there have been quite a few people who have had just as many problems with the fishless cycle as they would have without it.
So IMO, I'd go ahead and put either your tattered Angel, or the pair in there now, and keep an eye on your water parameters.