First of all, I'd like to thank everybody who has helped me out so far VJM, Briz, Otterfun, MattsBettas, and Juditko. This little guy is still swimming because of you folks; I've read the stickys, but sometimes it's just so much info that the answer seems to get lost in there.
So, now the little critter has a 10 gallon tank with a filter and heater (I put the conditioner in and moved him from his large vase to the tank in the recommended, gradual manner).
I'm going to upgrade heaters, as my current one doesn't have an exact setting by degree, just a marker for where 78 degrees should be. Water temp is currently running 82 degrees and he seems WAY happier (as he should; his water temp in the vase this AM was an abysmal 72...)
I'm also thinking about buying a low flow filter or doing the soda bottle modification I saw in the sticky thread.
Now for the question: The little guy seems to really enjoy hanging around the filter (intake has a sponge over it) but he also hangs out where it pours into the tank. He seems to love the heater as well. Is this the case of a weird fish that would prefer the current?
Also, he's swimming like mad today, but I'm guessing it's probably an new environment, more space, and proper temperature. He's eating fine, and I have him on pellets. I'm having the pet store test his water tomorrow or Friday and doing some more shopping.
What else should I buy?
VJM has his bettas at work and recommended Aquarium salt, maracyn (in case), and a liquid API kit (they seem to have different types - any recommendations?). I have a medium gravel vacuum as well so that should cover me for tubing, right?
Also, since my office gets dark with the door closed, I'm going to look at a timer for the aquarium light. I hate flourescent lighting; can we get by during daylight with a desk lamp? It seems like lots of light for the little guy.
I'm going to post a pic soon as he's red with some spots on his head, but has a really cool silver-bluish thing going on as well, but his head has light spots and there are a couple of spots on his body but it looks like natural coloring. I googled ICH and it's a possiblilty? Can I just drop some medication in to play it safe? I'll try to get a picture uploaded - my camera phone is NOT cutting it here.
Thanks again everybody!
Again, thanks to everybody
For water changes, I'm going to pick up a bucket, or would I be better off with a 5 gallon tank that can be reused for other purposes?
Again, I've been reading the stickys but it's tons of info.