just ended up rinsing the edges and then filling!
All gravel went in, then i treated the water and primed the canister again.. then heaters and airstones went in, light strapped on, and wa-lah! waited a few hours for water to treat and clear up, then added already cycled extra filter and driftwood that floated....
spent ages trying to pin the buoyant wood with big rocks but finally got them all in satisfactory positions haha. Next came a few plants and some ornaments like breeding logs.30mins later, all fish were in! current stocking is:
1speckly molly fry(that thinks its a neon ahahahah)
Annnnnd ummm 10 BN's...
Annnnnd many clutches of BN eggs and a few fry have hatched just today!!!!!!!!!!!!!! woopeeee