Good day, All! This is the first time I am cycling my tank using the fishless method (with food). I admit that I had been lacking in checking my parameters, mostly because I don't plan on introducing my incoming Betta for several weeks yet. I have a 3 gallon nano with plastic coral (which I don't like and will likely toss) and an Anubias with a couple of threads of bacopa, and was using fish flakes wrapped in cheesecloth for the ammonia source. It's on a timer for light (about 10 hours), albeit a very strong light, but the tank gets zero direct sunlight. I went to change out the flakes today (they were in for about a week) and noticed a lot of white worms in the gravel (Seachem Flourite Black), and tiny (a touch over microscopic) on the glass. I have one 1-cm "trash" snail and a couple 3-mm babies of the same, who seem to be doing great - but not sure if they eat those. My question is: if I stop introducing food, will the worms break down, and will that be sufficient for continuing the cycle? In addition, any help in identifying the worms would be appreciated. I've never encountered this problem before, and everything itches now that I've seen them.