@Curly, YES DAPHNIA ARE AMAZING. I love mine.
But to the OP. It takes a LOT to breed these fish. Bettas are considered an easy fish to breed but I know of several people who have bred difficult species of fresh and saltwater who can't raise bettas. They are easy to spawn but very difficult to raise.
A basic fish room would require:
Two tanks for the adult pair
A large (30+ gallon) tank or tub
A 10 gallon tank or tub for spawning bettas
Hundreds of jars
I use a space heater in my fish room but 81F is too cold. You'll need to keep it up towards 83F-84F for ideal water temperature. Also as a newbie the odds are stacked against you. You should use some tank heaters to start so the fry don't have temperature shifts. This will kill them off.
You need live BBS, micro worms, filters etc. It's also very time consuming. I spend at least four hours a day doing regular maintenance.
Some good sites: