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My new fish Frisk lives in a 1 gallon Micro Bow1, with a filter (which we put a suppressor over), a decoration shaped like a vase (smooth edges), and a plant (not sure the name but it goes well with the bowl). My fish's color has been improving immensely since we got him, and since he is a crowntail we keep his fins in the best condition possible with partial water changes every Friday. Anything I should improve?
 

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Pwc once a week is not enough to keep up with a 1gal bowl. You need a 75-100% every other day. If you don't want to do that, and would rather stick to the weekly schedule, shoot for a 5gal. The bigger, the easier.
 

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Welcome to the Forum! :wave:

Does he have a heater? That's actually more important than the filter. Fluctuating temperatures, even just a few degrees, can compromise a Betta's immune system and lead to stress and illness. Best temperature is 78-80 F.

IMO, if you have a filter and use a turkey baster daily to clean up feces and excess food you only need to do a 50% water change twice per week. Do not remove him from the bowl and do not do 100% water changes; they are, as noted above, entirely too stressful.

You didn't ask, but I would recommend you look into this $14.00 2.5 gallon from PetSmart. It has a glass canopy and your current filter would most likely work. Your Betta will love the extra room and you will find it much easier to maintain.

http://www.petsmart.com/fish/aquari..._id=36-16838&_t=pfm=category&pfmvalue=faceted

This is how to reduce water changes in a 2.5 down to one 25% per week. Not everyone can budget in a full API Master Test Kit; a liquid Ammonia test will work, too. Liquids are cheaper in the long run than strips.

http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=555434
 

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Personally I find the API kit a bit unreliable, Because it cant tell the difference between Ammonia and Ammonium.

I prefer the Seachem ammonia alert tag.


Ammonia is toxic to fish while Ammonium is relativity harmless.
 

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Are you sure 50% every other day? My fish is showing no negative response but that still seems a bit much.
Yes, I'm sure. If that seems a bit much to you, you need to upgrade.

No reason to ask a question if you're not gonna trust the answers. Think about it, why would any of us steer you wrong? :)
 
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