Originally Posted by dramaqueen
Gallon bowls are fine as long as the water changes are kept up with. You can always get kritter keepers or something later when you can afford it. Right now you just have to make do with what you have.
Thank you dramaqueen for saying this. Bias opinions get a little heated on here sometimes. It's like you and Sakura both told me when I got on here. YOU have to decide what is right by you and your fish. There is nothing wrong with getting kind hearted opinions but your opinion is ultimately going to be the one that matters. That whole 5 gallon minimum doesn't work for me either. I personally own one gallons without heaters too just like the OP. My fish are all active and heathy because I take care of my responsiblity and that is my decided opinion after looking into the options. Personaly I think the longevity of a fish is decided more by the care they recieve or the age they are when you buy them. We don't know how old they are when we buy them because as we all know, size is not an indicator of age. We also do not know what kind of care they recieve and what kind of food they get and how often. I have seen many people with experience on here get ahold of a fish and have it die in a couple of days in 5 gallon setups with heaters and cycled. They all say the same thing. "The fish was fine when I bought it... my water parimeters are fine... I don't know what happened." So I leave everyone with this thought, TO EACH HIS OWN. :)