That is a very important post, and very clearly explained.
This is the test kit you should use, and it's in sale at Amazon:
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/API-Freshwater-Master-Test-Kit/dp/B000255NCI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353412284&sr=8-1&keywords=API+test"]Amazon.com: API Freshwater Master Test Kit: Pet Supplies[/ame]
We always recommend cycling your tank if it's 5 gal and up, but there's no hurry. Read this:
Then read the other cycling stickies in the Bowls Habitats and Accessories section of the forum.
Take your time; set up your tank; get used to your fish and caring for him. Then you think you understand it and are ready to cycle your tank, ask any questions you may have in the Bowls and Habitats section. Well make sure you get it right.