So it seems that I can't get my hands on Tetra SafeStart due to where I live. What are the best alternatives available? I have Nutrafin Cycle right now (and I'm very glad I got the small bottle based on reviews).
Just do it the traditional way without a bacterial additive. Alternatively- do you know anyone you trust with a cycled tank who could give you some filter media?
Do you have a liquid test kit?
If you do fish-in...
If ammonia & nitrites = or > 1.0 do a 50% water change & dose with water conditioner, retest in 24 hours. If ammonia + Nitrite <1.0 dose with Prime & retest in 24 hours. Stock very slowly.