Thanks for all the info and advice guys. I hope all of this is helping the OP to get a better plan set for their upgrade as well.
I checked out the cycle product at the store, and it's just called "Instant Cycle" or something to that effect, and it appears to be ammonia with some other minerals added, no biological additives. Comes with a guarantee, but a guarantee won't replace dead fish.
As far as dechlorinator goes, what would you recommend? I've been using the tetra brand so far but if there is a more effective kind I'd be happy to give it a try.