If you have an established tank you can just divide the cloth plants and existing gravel from it and put half in the new tank.
Then you can feed imaginary fish in it. I've found that tubifex worms work MUCH faster than most other fish-less cycle starters. I've had nitrite spikes in my tank within minutes of adding the cubes before.
If you don't feed with tubifex just get a cup of water from existing tank then stir in whatever you do feed with then dump that in the new tank.
What filtration are you considering, are you talking about a 10gallon kit tank or a do-it-yourself DIY where you get a tank, a lid you like, heater you like and filter you like?
I've discovered the Aquaclear 20 rocks for low flow high support. Not that I like anything else about it XD. I find myself wanting them to be twice as deep.