WELCOME TO AA!!
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Let's start this way, if you get enough cured LR
(generally, the rock in the tanks that your LFS
has their livestock in), say about 1.5-2LBs per gallon, you may see little to no cycle at all. You will want to get a test kit, one with ammonia, nitrIte, nitrAte, pH tests. This will get you started (stay away from the test strips) and learn how to test and watch your water chemistry.
You want to wait until the cycle is complete before you add any livestock, including a clean up crew. You can cycle it with your lights off or on, it doesn't really matter.