So, I've never had fish before, except some little minnows I used to catch from the river and take home as a young child lol. Get ready for a million questions! 1. I have a 40 gallon breeder tank. It was used for a hamster but is now empty and I would like to make this my fish tank. I understand I need to fill it and see if it leaks, because rodents are known to chew at the sealing. As long as the tank end up being useable, how should I go about cleaning it? 2. What are the basic things I will need in a fish tank, like essentials? I know I need a filter, some type of gravel/substrate, and of course water, decorations, and fish. What type of filter and substrate do you recommend? I remember using gravel for my little minnows and I found some stuck under the gravel, it seemed to be dangerous for them. 3. I'm really confused about everything that needs to be put in the water, all this talk about cycling, I'm willing to do whatever it takes to understand it. Is there a good, in-depth article on everything I need to do to the water somewhere? 4. My dream fish is neon tetras. I'm set on getting a school of these. What is compatible with them? 5. I'm interested in live plants, are they easy to keep or are they not so great for a beginner to try? Thank you in advance!