Thanks Alex09 - I will definitely do that! It was just one of those things that I never got around to researching....it's sometimes a little difficult as I have a 4 yr old that doesn't like me to be on the computer!
BTW, the only reason I got the betta was last Feb my husband was getting ready to go ice fishing. My son, Freddy, wanted to keep a minnow. So instead, I bought the 1-1/2 gal nemo tank and 1 male betta. Of course, I couldn't stand to see him in that tiny aquarium, so we upgarded this last summer....and now, here I am....I never knew how attached you could get to a fish. And Freddy loves taking care of him. (of course, I do the water changing and all that fun stuff!)
Thanks again for the info. I will get new lights ASAP. (Hopefully my snails will survive!!)