O.o how about a fish-in cycle? I dont have any liquid test kits, they are always out when i go to get them.
You really need to get liquid test kits. Your tank is probably in the process of cycling if not finished given the fish load you have in there. If it already happened then the fish are past the worst part, if it's still going on then your fish are suffering.
that's why I never under why people don't do planted tanks :P no cycling involved >.>
Depends on the fish... some like goldfish don't do well in a tank heavily planted enough to negate the effects of goldfish cycling. Some people do biotopes that involve little to no plants such as a true amazon tank or a hillstream loach tank.