I finally finished my first cycling of a tank, i started Sept first, finished sometime last week.
its a 10 gal, had Desmond (male vt) a rosey red minnow, and a dalamation mollie in it. I tested every other day, had to change 2 gallons every Thrusday. Now its a sorority though :)
All of Christina's advice has always helped me tremendously! Good luck!