I'm going to get a Betta soon so I've been doing a bunch of research on proper care, but I keep getting confused about cycling.
I heard that Bettas are hardy fish so they can handle cycling. I'm only going to get one Betta and he is going to be in a 10 gallon tank. It's going to have a filter, heater, thermometer, fake silk plants, gravel and hiding places.
If I cycle the tank while the betta is in there, how much percentage water changes will I have to do everyday?
And do I need to buy a bacterial supplement or should I just let it cycle on its own and keep doing water changes to prevent the levels from getting too high?
Should I also use a siphon to clean any left over food while it's cycling? I heard that the gravel shouldn't be touched while cycling because it may have beneficial bacteria on it.
I'd really appreciate it if any one could help me out.