Last things, first. The bulbs may or may not make it. I'm about 25% successful. Don't waste more money. Spend it on Anubias and Wisteria...least messy, Betta friendly.
Here's the deal on cycling by a pro:
Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle and cycling. Methods for ammonia, nitrite removal.
Scroll down to: Methods of Aquarium Cycling (but read the whole thing eventually)
Shrimp is not recommended anymore because it fosters mold. I used it once, but will not use it again. The crushed food method is messy and smelly. Many of us suggest ammonia as the cleanest way. If you can't find "pure" ammonia locally (shake it: if it foams, it's not "pure." Don't use it), try this:
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/DrTims-Aquatics-Ammonium-chloride-Aquarium/dp/B006MP4QG6/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1333591202&sr=1-1"]Amazon.com: DrTim's Aquatics Ammonium chloride for Aquarium: Pet Supplies[/ame]
which is also available from Drs Foster and Smith online.
To cut your cycle time from a month or more down to two weeks or less, get some substrate (1/2 cup) or filter foam/media from a cycled, established tank.
Maintain your ammonia up around 4.0ppm. Keep your tank temperature over 85*. Run your filter on high and add aeration if possible.
We have got
to get that 'cycling' sticky updated with the latest information. Hope you are not inconvenienced.