I started cycling use crushed betta food for 3 days and nothing happen, so today I added ammonia, but then I got an e-mail from a lady part of a fish club willing to give me her old filter and some live plants tomorrow morning. So my question is, do I use all 3 (ammonia, old filter media, live plants) or a different combination? What would work the quickest and most efficient? My master test kit should be here be between the 3rd and 7th but I can get test dont at my LFS. Personal experience only please.