Cycle or Not?
First of all I'm very impressed with the knowledge and activity in this forum. I've been able to find a lot of needed information.
But now I'm needing an opinion.
I have a 3 gallon heated Pet Keeper with a single male Betta. I love having him on my desk and watching and taking care of him.
I've also made a filter that moves just a little bit of water. And it has been keeping the water a bit clearer. However, I'm not so pleased with the look of the filter in there. I've also looked at the filter options on-line and I don't think I would like the look of them either.
So my question is:
For small tanks, which is generally preferred: cycling the tank, checking levels, partial water changes, yadda yadda; or just a 50% and 100% water change per week with no filtration?
I can see the merits of both. And right now I'm leaning towards ditching the filter and just checking ammonia levels for a week to work out a suitable WC schedule. But I am interested in the thoughts of others who have faced this similar decision.
tl;dr 3 gallons, cycle or not?