teeneythebetta- You are right, I haven't cycled my tank. I did not know to do so at first but once I read about it I figure it would be difficult to do so without the liquid test kit. As of right now I am a bit short on funds to buy the kit, but will get it as soon as I can.
oldfishlady- Thanks for your advice. I have been doing the stir and dip method and will try to get a vacuum. I'm not too sure what type of plants I have, I actually just bought the plants that the lady at the pet store recommended. Maybe you can recommend some new plants to add, or for my next tank? As for my light, my tank came as a kit with a LED light. Are LED lights okay for plants?
I will probably continue to do 50% water changes twice a week with the stir and dip method and hopefully that will suffice until I can get the right tools to cycle. I haven't had the best luck with fish in the past, so hopefully this time I do things right :D