New to aquariums, here is where i would suggest you start.
1) buy the master freshwater testing kit from amazon or local. This will allow you to test for Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate. these are your indicators to knowing where you are at in the cycle.
2) Go buy Tetra Safe Start. https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcos...etra-safestart
3) put the fish in, put the safe start in.
4) the safe start will ensure the fish will be ok during the cycle process, this is what it was designed for.
5) you dont need to add any other source of ammonia, the fish provide this. The safe start has all the bacteria needed to start your cycle, using the ammonia from the fish to keep it up.
6) DONT buy any more fish, until your cycle is complete.
7) If you have never used the testing, you will get used to it. You will test for your Ammonia first. Once you add the safe start, dont change the water until the cycle is complete, or unless your Ammonia gets really high. Manufacturer suggests only change the water if your ammonia is higher than 4.0 ppm which is crazy high.
8) Once your ammonia reads 0, test for nitrite each day until it reads 0. Once both read 0, you can do your water change, say 50%.
9) you now would have a cycled tank. you can test for the first few weeks to make sure your ammonia stays at 0. If it does and you are getting more fish, you can add small amounts of fish, then test to make sure your ammonia stays as 0.
Putting the fish in a bowl is no better than an uncycled tank. In fact its the same.