So, here's the thing, for over 2.5 months I've been running a 7 gallon tank so that my Beta named Mr. Sparkles, would have a nice big home for himself with heater, filter and lots of space to call his own. I had him in a .7 gallon bowl for a while but decided that since It might take longer for the tank to cycle that I'd keep him in a larger 2 gallon bowl. After a month, leading to today, I decided to do a water test. Now the thing is the PH is at 7.6 or so, Nitrites are at 0, Nitrates are 5.0 and ammonia is through the roof. I also tested the bowl he has been living in and thing is it was FAR worse off and so he's been shifted carefully into the larger aquarium. I've tried, with no luck, to get the big tank to cycle but for whatever reason it just won't go to "safe" limits. 2.5 months since I started it and it STILL hasn't cycled as far as I can tell. I do 1 water change a week, probably going to step it up to 2 since there's a fish in there now. I'm frustraited to say the least and haven't a clue why things just aren't working out for me. I want to give Mr. Sparkles a great life with a happy home but so far...ALL not good. Someone please help me figure out what's going wrong.