Originally Posted by shinybetta
Cycling isn't necessary. It just helps by making you do less water changes.
In a filtered tank it IS necessary, If you promote the idea that it is not then people will be buying tanks, throwing in fish and wondering why they die within a week. There is no point having a filtered tank if it is not cycled, you may as well just have an unfiltered tank and do water changes.
I'm know it's not your intention, but be aware of this when giving advice to people, especially when they are new betta owners, trying to become properly educated on the correct way to care for their pets.
As I said previously, if you choose not to cycle your tank you will need to do water changes on a five gallon 100% every week and a possible partial change during the week. In my opinion if you are going to do that it would be easier and cheaper to just get an XL kritter keeper instead.