So I have read the Beginners Guide to Cycling like 10 times now and I still have a question.
I have a 5 gallon tank. I plan on getting live plants soon for it, right now it just has water. I plan on getting dwarf baby tears and a few nanas of some sort. Do I still need to cycle before fish? (If I did, I would use the pure ammonia cycle) Do I cycle before planting? Or after?
What kind of substrate do I use? I want to use sand but is there anything I need to get for the plants so they get all the nutrients they need?