Sooo... I'm beginning to think Jeffery's cookie jar has become a self sustaining ecosystem...
A 2 gallon plastic jar that used to hold animal cookies.
A spare Hydori mini heater I had
A few handfuls of some extra gravel I had
An extra coffee cup
Extra Anacharis and Java Moss clippings.
Two rocks I had lying around.
A Ping-pong ball I found
In all, the only thing I bought for this entire setup was Jeffery. And he was like, $7.
So Jeffery sits on our kitchen table, where his bowl gets indirect sunlight (which, has made the floating anacharis grow insanely large, but we haven't taken any out because it's not taking over the jar) and where he spends his day looking out the window and demanding noms. Though he's my roomie's fish, I still change his water. Now it started out as 100% every day. Then it was 50% every day and a 100% change on Sunday. That went to a 100% change every four days. Then 50% every four days....
And now it's a 50% once a week.
And that sounds HORRIBLE. Like I'm a horrible fish keeper who doesn't know anything about bettas and he's suffering in that cookie jar. But here's the thing, I just tested his water. 7 days ago he got a 50% change and his coffee cup was rinsed off because there was a little algae on it. That's it! That's all I did 7 days ago and now I test his water annnnnd.
And he's not sick, he's thriving. He's this big finned, fiesty hellion who will rush your finger and bite you if it so much as dips in the water. He blows bubble nests and nudges around his ping-pong ball and flares whenever we hold up the pepper shaker. He eats Wardly pellets, blood worms and small pieces of chicken and turkey. Spoiled, is the word that comes to mind. Spoiled and extremely healthy.
What's up with this setup? Is it the plants? Does he have bacteria living in his gravel (that I never wash. I just stir up the mulm and try to get as much out each time). Don't get me wrong, I kind of like this low maintenance thing, but I'm just curious as to why this defies all fish keeping logic. Also, I want to know if I'm doing the right thing or if I should step things up.