Hey yall! I have owned a fish tank for about 2 months now. Love it. Love the hobby!! I started with a 13 Gallon wide screen. Had 4 neon tetras and a betta. I today just got a new tank, 5.5G to put JUST my betta in, so he is happy! Wanna keep everything stress free. I chose my substrate to be sand..I have a question about cleaning the tank. When I clan it should I take out all of the plants and decor? Or so I keep it in there? I read somewhere to take it all out, stir up the sand so the poop comes to the top. But I am not 100% sure of this! That's why I am asking you all!! How would I go about cleaning the substrate with sand? Also! I just started cycling today..I put in gravel from my established tank in a stocking and put it in this tank, as well as a plant..plus I took my filter from my established tank, and stuck it in about 1/4 of the way and swooshed it around a bit..maybe just maybe some good bacteria came off of it! How long should I wait before sticking my betta in there?