If you can get some used filter media from a trusted tank you can essentially avoid any sort of cycle in your tank as long as you don't stock things too quickly. Just slowly build up the population of the tank after adding the used media.
Good luck with things. I got back into the hobby about 3yrs ago after not having a tank for about 20yrs. I couldn't get over how much things have changed.
90 gallon high-tech planted tank: running pressurized CO2, T5HO lighting, heavily planted, with electric blue rams, rummynose tetras, harlequin rasboras, farlowella and plecos.
Fluval Edge: low light planted with Scarlet Badis, Celestial Pearl Danios, Pygmy Cories, Cherry Shrimp and Red Crystal Shrimp.