I was cycling my 10g with fish food and it stalled. I was strongly encouraged to add lots of fast-growing plants - stem plants like planted Water Sprite and others - and forget about the "cycle". See, the cycle uses bacteria to convert ammonia to nitrate, but fast-growing plants uptake ammonia directly, and while the bacteria are proliferating in the background. And as the plants grow, they continue to take up ammonia very well, with no end by-products like nitrate. And the bacteria are there to take up the slack. Of course bacteria, in this case, means cycle which means nitrates building up.
MY TANK: Planted 10g; 2 x 10W CFL; Fluval U2 internal filter; MGOCPM/black sand cap
A Silent Cycled Tank