I am going to end up getting a betta from a friend on the in about 10-15 days. I have a 1 gallon bowl and a 5.5 gallon tank I started cycling today. (her previous tank is put to a different use, and I will get some of her gravel to help with the cycle- but not until about the time I'm getting the betta) Would it be safer to put him in the 1 gallon bowl where I can clean it more regularly and keep a close eye on him, or to put him into the tank and just keep up with partial water changes. I've seen advice on how to keep a betta in a bowl and how to help them survive the cycle... but which would be preferable?
... I killed a previous betta (probably) from either ammonium or from stress. Since it seems like either option I'd put them through stress and ammonium/Nitrite poisoning... I'm not quite sure which is worse. I have heard advice to keep the betta quarantined for a week after getting it anyways, but I don't have anything much in the tank, and it is from a friend, so all I can imagine is stress-induced illness from the move instead of being in a community of bettas