alright i got the test kit! freakin 35 bux.... but its got like 800 tests, so ill never have to buy one again for the next tanks i get later i hope. Any way, tested, and came up with zero ammonia! WOOO. When should i expect nitrite/nitrate?
Within the first week or so you should start to see ammonia, the spike will probably happen between weeks 2 and 3 sometime, and after the ammonia levels start to lower you should see nitrite.. nitrite will spike probably at the end of week 3, although it may take longer than that, and after nitrite spikes, you should see nitrates.
No! The more fish you add at once the worse it will be for them. When cycling with fish you only want a few small fish to start. One betta is plenty and you really don't want to subject him to any more ammonia and nitrite than necessary. Plus it will take the tank longer to cycle with more fish and if you don't really want those fish anyway then there's no point.
Not to be rude or anything but that woman probably didn't know what she was talking about.