Alright, so the answer may be a simple yes... but I am a bit confused.
I looked online and did a bunch of research, but only learned what cycling was.
My question is... firstly, how quick does ammonia build up? It seems like smaller 1-3 gallon bowls could go without cycling, as long as the water is changed/vacuum constantly. I have a 10 gallon, but only put 5 gallons in. I have live plants and leaves as well as aged water. Is it plausible to clean my water enough that I wouldn't need to cycle it?
When I was looking into it, it seemed like cycling was used for big tanks with which little water change would be done. I however have time pretty much everyday for a quick water change, if absolutely needed.
So again, is cycling water necessary if I can change the water often? How often? How much water change? More plants help? Now I know how to cycle, and I understand the process, but I'm not entirely sure on when or if it's totally needed.
P.S. I have had multiple bettas live 4-5 years without ever cycling water. This was way back in middle school when I didn't have really have the means of doing in-depth research.
Thanks for any help. :)