Originally Posted by obedey
Hey Andy how hard is it to keep water parameters stable in a half gal
In my case,it's been very easy over the years. For my fish now, I have them indoors under air conditioned temps so the temp stays stable. ( Bettas can thrive in a varied temp range as long as it's stable.) New water for w/c is kept in a 1 gal
container that has had salt added and 2 drops of prime just for the slime action ( I'm on well water so the prime is not for chlorine or chemical removal.) and it sits in the same area the fish are in so the temp of that water is the same as the bowls. Considering that I change water every Wed and Sun., the ammonia level doesn't have a chance to rise high enough to even show on the test kit ( I've run that test with the same results for decades so this was not a once in a lifetime result) so then there is no nitrite or nitrate to be concerned about. I do a 100% water change and my fish show no ill effects as they are basically being put back into the water they came out of.
I will say this however, if your bowl is showing ammonia readings in 2-3 days, it means you are overfeeding your fish which will happen whether they are in a bowl or a tank. My fish are fed 2-3 times per day and are happy and healthy enough that they go from bowl to breeding tank with no extra conditioning required for spawning. So as I say, the bowl is not the problem
Also, if you have chlorine or chloramine in your tap water, it is advisable to set up your water for water changes a day or 2 before you need it so that your chlorine removers have had ample time to work. In the old days, we just put tap water in a can or bucket and used a bubbler and within 48 hours, there was no more chlorine. Now, with chloramines and other things being added to tap water, the longer it sits, the better for the fish.
Hope I've answered your question