John. Never nice to see a hardy stalwart and friend pass on to the next world.
Great to see that you will be doing the fish LESS cycle.
We learnt the hard way about cycling and I wish we had seen this forum long before we had considered keeping fish - so much to listening to LFS
advice. I think that Lynda would have been put off for life about keeping fish.
But there you go, we have 18 of them and they are thriving - thankfully with yours truly doing the water changing and other maintenance.
Congratulations on getting the 200 litre tank - wish we had the space for one.
What are the dimensions of the tank? Or better still, do you have a link to MA's site that shows this tank so that we can all see it and its specs?
Does it come with its own filter? If so, is that internal or external? A lot of people on here advocate using a decent sized external and as you have a cabinet as well, you could probably hide an external in there. BUT DO CHECK THE DIMENSIONS of the external so that it fits underneath. I have just bought an external and the absence of an internal does release a fair volume of water. We had an Eheim 2213 and removing it has left a gaping hole on the right hand side of the tank. The fish are bewildered by this!!!
Do give some consideration to using sand as a substrate - any bottom feeders you may wish to get will thank you for it. It is, apparently, far easier to clean. I will be changing ours from gravel to sand as I wish to add 6 pygmy corydoras to our tank. That will be about September time once the tank has matured enough and that, as far as I am concerned will fully stock the tank.
So, good luck with the tank and do post piccies of it and keep us updated on your progress.