I've read the sticky thread about cycling and other threads on cycling and I'm still a bit confused. My tank is a 5G which came with a filter; I'm going to buy a heater this week before I start. I want to plant my tank (not sure how many plants I need). I don't have a fish yet.
Do I plant my plants, turn on the heater and toss in my ammonia or shrimp and take a month, testing daily? Or is it different with the plants in there?
(I know I've started a pile of threads in the last week. I just want to do this right.)