I've found a really neat site that explains about the cycling process in setting up a new aquarium.
-Add water, run everything to see if it works all right.
-Add de-chlorinator/de-chloraminator to the water (bottle will instruct on how much per gallon)
-Add 5 drops of pure (no surfactant) ammonia per gallon.
-Wait about 6 hours before testing the ammonia parts per million
(I used the API Freshwater Master Test kit, it was recommended to me by the nice people on these forums & it has about 800 uses).
-Try to keep ammonia level to 5ppm - add more ammonia if necessary or do a partial water change if levels are too high.
-Keep the filter running, the air is good for beneficial bacteria.
-Test every other day for ammonia & nitrite until nitrite reading is obtained, I've been told it takes about 1-4 weeks.
-Wait for nitrite to drop to zero, about 2-4 weeks.
-Check for nitrates.
-Add ammonia so you have 5 ppm & wait about a day. Then check your ammonia, nitrite & nitrate levels.
-There should be 0 ammonia, 0 nitrate, and about 10-20 nitrates.
-Do a 90% water change (clean water treated with de-chorinator/chloraminator).
I've been reading that getting material from an already established tank will speed up the process, unfortunately for me I do not have material to borrow but that just means I have to be a little more patient.
This is my first time cycling too, good luck with yours! :3