My 7 gallon tank refuses to cycle properly so for the time being I've been using a bowl for my beta. I've read so many conflicting arguments on how to properly maintain said bow and was wondering if anyone has any real detailed ideas. So far I've been doing about 10% daily water changes, it's a half gallon bowl, with water I've been leaving in a previously unused container with a lid in the same room so temperatures are the same. I feed him about 4 pellets a day, skipping Wednesday for a good chance for his belly to settle any left overs. On Tuesday's I give him a bit of blood worms and Thursday's I give him Brine shrimp. I'm careful to count exactly how many he's eating to insure he's not getting over fed. His belly is fine, got a little fat when I let him gorge on food one day but that went away fast. He has a plant which he sleeps on and gravel on the bottom. Once a week I carefully cup him into the cup he came in, put the lid atop it and move him aside so he won't get knocked over. I carefully dump the remainder of the water into a bucket I use for fish tank only. I leave the gravel in the bowl. Next I carefully wipe down the walls with paper towel to get rid of the goo. After the walls are done I pour in some warm water and stir up the gravel so the waste floats up and then drain it over a strainer to make sure no gravel falls into the sink. After a few good rinses and I'm fairly sure there's no more poop or not ate foods. Then put the rinsed off plant back in and pour the old water back into the bowl and top up with the water that's been sitting out for at least 8 hours. So I was wondering if I'm somehow missing something or doing something wrong. There's SO much conflicting stuff as I've said regarding this topic. I know to not use dish soap or any other soap. I know to not dump out more than 40% at any given time, though I've read some nightmarish places that say 100% either daily or weekly. My 7 gallon tank just doesn't want to get rid of the ammonia, it's been two months and the thing is still reading fairly high levels. grr.