Well that stinks about the pet shops and not being around your area!
the TSS you only add in once, you dump the whole bottle in, no matter the size of the tank, the smallest one treats up to 30 gallons though so for 10 gallons just dump it all in. I think I read somewhere it's best to keep lights off during this? I think it's for the fish to be less stressed and there's something about UV sterilizers that I don't quite understand. But you just let it run it's course for 14 days and then I think you do a large water change and voila, your tank is cycled and with less stress to your fish! Well...less than doing a Fish-In cycle without TSS.
Yeah, definitely good to get opinions about that ammonia though. What state do you live in? (assuming you're in USA since you haven't said otherwise) Maybe I could find some fish at my shop and ship them to you? Lol, just a nice thought.
Leopards: 1:4 Hawkeye, Luna, Astrael, Dorian, Cullen