It's not likely you have plants that require CO2 injection and high wattage lighting. If you did, you'd know about it already.
Use around 1W per gallon at around 6500Kelvin color temperature. You'll be able to grow a variety of low-medium light plants. See the sticky for beginner plants in the "Tanks and habitats" section.
Here's the easy way to cycle a tamk. It works best with a liquid water-test kit: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...ecific-107771/
These are among the best sponge filters. You can get cheaper ones on Amazon that work almost as well. Aquarium Sponge Filter; ATI Hydrosponge Bio Filters and Replacement Sponges.
The Tetra Whisper is a good air-pump for the price.
Excuse me, Reapers, while I address the forum:
(C'mon, you guys. You can be a little less cryptic and a little more helpful. You can write more than a paragraph of advice. And you know where the good stickies are.)