I got my Betta Fish from my local Pet Store, and they told me to get a very small tank for my Betta. I had no other choice, so I bought it... There's only about enough room for my hand to fit in (my hand is kinda small) and just a little room left. It also said it came with a "plant" but it was a fake plant that was spiky. I placed it in there with the rocks it came with after scrubbing everything down with hot water. He looked happy in his little home, but then about a week later things started to look bad. His fins were scratched up, he started to swim around his tank very fast, and he would stay in one position for a long time. I didn't know what this meant, considering this was my first Betta. The next day I took him out and put him in my old 2 gallon fishtank (I have only kept Goldfish in it, so I didn't know how my Betta would React), but He seemed happy, because he had a live plant. While I was at school, I asked my mom to run by PetSmart to get some more betta food and a Plant. Were all clueless to the world of bettas, so my mom just got the best thing she could buy. Alltogether, the food and the plant (Which i hope the food lasts most of his lifetime, because its a lot of food...) it was only about $3.00 after taxes. As I was watching him swim around, he looked happy. I wanted something else to make his little tank look cuter, so I was wondering if it was safe to use the little glass pebbles from the dollar store, because I have seen people use them before. I am kind of debating weather or not they are safe, but I guess if I wash them with very hot water before I use them it may be ok. I was just wondering if any "Betta Experts" out there could help me, because I am really new to bettas, and he seems happy.