Wow this is cool so many people to the rescue :). Well since the bowl is a 1 gallon bowl. I was told at the pet store that it would be to much things to be put in if the even a tiny lil heater for 1.5 gallon to higher and put it in the 1 gallon bowl. So I put a heating pad under it and does quite well so far. With the lowest heating you can get on it. It raises the temperature to 80 degrees. I have thermometer made for fish tanks and bowls so i can always check the temperature. So the temperature is no prob.
I have to be honest I really don't like changing the water like that for my fish. But I read in a book that hobbyist change there water everyday with a fresh new bowl or tank. With the same temperature. And throw out the old water into a net. which is confusing to me on that part. They never said how they transported the fish in to the fresh new bowl. So I use a net. Which I don't like to do cause I know it stresses the fish out. The book said that hobbyist change the water every day. So they don't have to worry about ammonia levels and other probs. I didn't want to do that cause I didn't want to stress the fish out every day. So For the bowl I change it out ever 4-5 days. and take the droppings out as much as I can.
I usually feed him 4-6 pellets a day. Some times I feed him freeze dried or unfreeze some blood worms or brine shrimp. I never give him to much or try to. One or two of each. I also don't feed him once a week because many people have suggested that.
I think I accidentally fed him 8 pellets a day and thats how his stomach got to big. So I didn't feed him one day. Then I saw that his stomach was still a lil big. I wasn't thinking and fed him two pellets anyway. Then his stomach got bigger again. I freaked out and fed him a lil of an unfrozen pea.. The water got dirty. And his stomach had gone down to the normal size. But then he started acting weird. Like some signs of bloat. at the bottom of the bowl. It was hard to watch him at first. Because usually when he sees me he gets what looks like excited because he wants to be fed. (They say they can train you to feed them more than you should.)
He is a crown tail. All I can say right now is that he looks smaller than your average crown tail when fully grown. I will try to describe him as best as I can. If you could see him you probably would get the idea. The people at petco wouldn't give me an age. His fins are still growing length wise.
FYI I am not trying to cycle the fish bowl. The 1.5 gallon tank is what I am trying to cycle.
Another thing that would always pissed me off. First I wasn't looking forward on putting fish in a 1.5 gallon tank. The manager at petco kept on saying that bettas don't really need that much room or room temperature is good enough for the fish. He suckered me in to buying a 1.5 gallon fish tank. I have a mini heater for it and it keeps the water at 78 degrees to 80 degrees. And a nano filter for small tanks made by sea horse. I used to use the 1.5 tank with the heater. I really wanted at least a two gallon tank for him to have more room and to have exercise. Also I couldn't find one reasonable for him. Like there were tanks that would be to much movement at the water surface for him not to get stress and get air. Petsmart and petco were not very help full at helping me at all for finding an appropriate fish tank. Their selections pretty much suck and I want a tank that was a lil unique that was roomy and comfortable for my betta. That I could cycle and put a heater in. I'm so drained man.
But I didn't use the filter before and would change the entire water once a week. Now the ammonia would build up slowly which I hated because ammonia is poisonous to fish and can create all sorts of probs. So I got a filter. One person at the pet store never gave me or told me about cycling. They just told me to put the filter in with the fish still in the tank. While using the filter I still would change the entire water once a week. I would clean every thing in the tank (with no harsh chemicals or soap.) Thoroughly. Then put the fish back into the tank after the water was conditioned and at a good temperature. I would let the water in the container (that the fish was in when i bought him) he was in equalize to the same temperature then pour him back in as gently as I could.
BUT the ammonia would rise drastically in one day. Finally I went back one day at the pet store. Thats when someone there with experience told me about cycling. She told me to take the fish out and put it in a bowl while the tank was cycling. i have had trouble cycling ever since. So I keep him in that gallon bowl and try my best to keep the water clean and stable.
Sorry for the long post. I am trying to put down everything to let ya'll know what i have been through and what is happening right now. I want to resolve this so bad. I am thinking of just starting over again and use the fish care info on this site because it is mainly for bettas. But please any suggestions for what i am doing wrong. Please tell me. I want nothing more for my betta to have a happy healthy life. I will put more info that i may have missed from one of the question ya'll asked eariler.