Depending on cured/un-cured LR
is about $4 a lb average id say, you would want 1-1.5 lbs per gallon if you want to use it as a bio filter. I prefer sand over CC as a substrate. You will also want a skimmer IMO
good for all tanks.
Liquid test kit
I think thats it to get it going...
You also dont need lights during the cycle. Im just looking over at one of my tanks and typing stuff off so I could be forgetting some things...