Skip the first bit if you dont like the back story....
I had an aquarium a long time ago (when I was single) and was just starting to get hang of it. I had to go out of town to a very remote area for work for a year. I couldnt bring tank and wasn't keeping my apartment so I left it with a friend. The tank broke, fish and plants died. All the equipment been un a tote since.
For christmas my new hubby decided to get me a new 30g tank and a goldfish.
he knows nothing about keeping fish. I have goldfish in bowl for now and am scrambling to get new tank set up, test my old equipment and figure it all out with a 60 hour work week and a toddler.
Still need: stand, heater, timer.....
Can i fill tank half way to start cycling so I can still move it to stand when it arrives?
Do I need the heater to start cycle?
Lights need to be on strict 8hrs for cycling?
Is it better/easier to add plants now or after tank established?
Thanks for any wisdom!