Hi.. As many of you may recognize my handle now.. I am still very new to this. Just got my Betta this past weekend. And in following the directions to do a water change twice a week for the cycling period, tomorrow will be my first water change. I am wondering the following (I have a ten gallow tank):
1) What tools do people mainly use? I have only really read about syphens. But then I saw a mention of a vacuum too.. What is everyone's personal preference?
2) In changing the water twice weekly, how often should I be cleaning down in the gravel. Does anyone know of a good video to watch on YouTube that really shows this process?
Any tips about water changes and things to look out for will be very appreciated. I am also going to be getting a test kit. I have the strips but have been told they arent as accurate. I have read that I should be testing for Nitrites, Nitrates, Ammonia and pH. Should this test be done before or after the water change? I will be ordering the API test kit on Amazon due to the exremely good price. Is there anything I can purchase in the meantime until that arrives that will hold me over?
Thanks as always for everyone's help in advance!