Sorry I was in the lab writing that post and I did not complete it.
I don't know if that was meant to be condescending or not, but no I have not been just keeping a betta in a bowl....
Its municipal and I think I stated earlier that I have a halfmoon male who has kept his fin integrity the past year I've had him. I currently am in the process of switching over to naturally planted tanks as I have seen my betta's thrive in them. I have taken my water to petco however all they did was throw a strip in tell me everything is fine and That was the end of that. So I plan on buying a master test kit (drops) to check out my water prams, I just havent bought one because some people say you absolutely need them some say if you do the water changes you're safe, so I just decided to spare that expense.
I'm just asking questions to know what are the best options, I'm not 12 and I've been keeping betta's in actual tanks with heaters some with filters some without. Just because someone asks questions doesn't mean you should assume I have no experience in fish keeping. I don't know if you meant to be rude or not but that came off insulting.
Anyways thanks to all who actually told me different methods you used.
I'm currently raising molly fry, and have found it to be fun raising fish, and I wanted to read up, and try starting a line of quality halfmoon bettas. I haven't even done this spawn, and I'm planning A YEAR ahead learning and researching while I keep my pet store fish.
As far as health of my fish, I have good reports, the only recent death I have is that of a male who I bought from petco a year ago,I assume he died of old age because he gradually deteriorated over the course of a couple months, stopped eating, and died. I have had NO random deaths, My fish are vibrant, active, healthy eaters and poop just fine. So it is possible to assume that My water is safe, however If I were to age water as indjo suggested I think it might be a better plan as I can grow micro critters, food for the fry and I can create a more natural environment.
Thanks for your help guys
Oh and for fin form, I have been studying male form however for females I am unsure. Do I look for females who will potentially balance out the faults present in the male? Do their fins fall in the same shape as far as branching and the straight edges?
I want to make sure that I can find the closest match to "perfect" halfmoon form.