Actually I did mean to post in this thread. I did a search for water problems due to the overnight cloudy water scare. I boiled the hard scape, cleaned the betta bowl & started over, waiting 24 hrs to see water quality. I had class this morning so I could not hang around to watch him. On a hunch, I gave FredFish an Hikari granule this morning, he scarfed that up. So I dropped in two more, hoovered those up as well. Good. At about six-ish I dropped in a few Omega One betta flakes, same result. On the whole, I think I have a pretty hearty fish.
However, after this experience with a betta bowl, I plunked down for a 5g tank, submers heater, some plants, bloodworms, et cetera. I have had mechanically maintained tanks in the past, 20g 25 years ago, 20g & 10g when I was a kid. I am not new to tanks/fish, just the betta bowl.
I have never tried a bio-managed tank. One fish, why not give it a try? I have the two excellent Walstad tank links from my research last night & the basics to get the plant/bacteria matter started. One thing is for sure; NO 7-day blocks again. As preventative policy, all scape material will be tested in a separate enviro first. Any new fish will be quarantined for 21 days before I trust they are good to go, in the case of a larger community tank or additional sorority project sometime in future.
Thanks for the feedback Jupiter & AngelScars,
Giypsy & FredFish