There's no reason you need to use both bottled ammonia and fish food to cycle. Either will do well, but you can dose ammonia more accurately. If you go the fish food route, make sure to grind it up into little bits, liquefying it before putting it in the tank, as you can have problems with fungus otherwise. I've not personally had algae issues when cycling tanks with fish food.
Last edited by geisterwald; 08-16-2016 at 02:39 AM.