Hi. So I have a few questions and concerns about cycling my tank and my beta. First, I have been cycling for a month now. It seems that it is almost there. It took forever for the ammonia to start dropping and I did get a nitrite spike in the beginning, but nitrites have been at zero for a week or so, but there are still trace amounts of ammonia. My nitrates are really high. My pH has been on the low side 6.4. They have stayed around 40-80 ppm. I have been trying to get this tank cycled before I go on vacation in a week in a half, so that I can put my beta in there and my pet sitter doesn't have to change the water daily because I feel that she might not be comfortable doing that. She has never really had fish before(she is also taking care of my cat) But, if I don't feel comfortable adding him in, I will just have to pay her extra for that. My beta is currently in a 2 gallon bowl with a small filter until the 10 gallon is ready and I change his water daily, but lately twice a day. My concern is that I will put him in there and there will be an ammonia spike and he might pass away while I am gone. I don't know if my pet sitter would test the water daily like I would, I just feel like it would be a lot to ask. The reason I am now changing it twice a day is because a few days ago, he jumped out of the bowl and I walked in and saw him just laying on the table not moving. I put him back in the water, not knowing if he would even make it or how long he had been out of the water. He floated for a while and looked lifeless. I really thought he was dead. I ran out of the room crying and thinking the worst, but after checking on him a few times, he was starting to perk up and even swim around a little. This poor little fish has been through the ringer, with having fin rot and going through various treatments and daily water changes, and now this. He is back to his normal self now. He damaged one of his front fins a little during the episode and his lower fin is torn some too. I did put a net over his bowl so that wont happen again. I guess my concern is that putting him in the new tank without me being there to keep an eye on him, he might tear his fins even more. There are a lot more plants and things in the new tank. Also I got a HOB filter for the tank after talking to my boss about my cycling issues and just how unstable the water parameters were and it seemed like a more reliable filter than the standard filter that came with the 10 gallon tank. The flow on it is really high though and I worry that it will push him around too much and not be good in his injured state. I have been using his pellets to cycle it. i have just been adding the amount i usually feed him to the 10 gallon to give the bacteria the nutrients it needs, but I have started to worry that might not be enough, so I ordered Dr. Tims ammonia online and it arrives tomorrow, so using that should tell me if it is really cycled or not. I don't want to be worried the whole time I am on vacation about him. Another option would be to leave him at my bosses house while we are gone. He has a tank and has given me advice on cycling and If I don't feel comfortable leaving him with a non fish person, I could ask him to keep him. Sorry so long and all over the place. I just want my fish to be okay and it would be tragic if something happened to him while I was away. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!