don't fret too much about buying fish as long as they're had for the cheap. i went the same way. Fish I don't care for much, as long as they are starting off the cycle, I call them Jesus fish. They will die for the better of all the fish.got home today and have 0ppm ammonia, 0.5ppm nitrite and 15-20ppm nitrate. i will do a big water change tomorrow. going to try to make the tank "right" by sunday morning for some rcs and otos. i may go with the embers also but that may be too much at once.
tomorrow will be 3 weeks since i first planted the tank. that is about the time people using aquasoil say that things balance out.