hello everyone! so i recently purchased five gallon tanks for my bettas, and had a question about cycling them. so i ordered an API Freshwater Master Test Kit which will be here on thursday, and i heard that a good technique for cycling would be doing the 'fish food' method. i have read that it will be easier to clean if you put the fish food in a 'media bag' or nylon sock.
i don't really have those readily available, so i was wondering, is it possible to do the cycling without putting the food in the bag or sock? and if so, how would i clean out the food once my tank is cycled? if i vacuumed it out of the gravel, would that disturb the beneficial bacteria that is in the gravel and would that be bad for the whole cycling process?
if anyone could let me know the best way to clean out the fish food from my tank once it is cycled without messing anything up, i would greatly appreciate it!
'Tanks' very much! ~Khloe, Zeus (betta), Apollo (betta), Loki (gold dust lyretail molly), five nameless dust mollies, Red and Zebra (nerite snails)