I really want to thank everyone on this site for all the great information. Gypsy thanks you too.
I had a betta (Rocky) for 2 years before he died. I kept him in a 1 gallon unfiltered and unheated tank. I thought I had done really well considering the track record of some of my friends and their bettas. I feel really bad now that I know he could have lived longer and been more vibrant and active. I got Gypsy a few weeks ago and found this site. After days and hours of reading through posts here, I am now cycling a 5 gallon tank for him and checking my local pet store for a heater tomorrow. It will be a few weeks before it is ready and I can't wait. I went to walmart this evening and saw how horrible the bettas there looked and wanted to take them all home with me. Who knows, this could be the beginning of something really crazy.
I know a bowl isn't ideal, but I think I'll keep it once I move him just in case I need to rescue a little fella or gal in a hurry. Again, I really can't thank everyone enough.