So I spent about 5 hours going to the different stores in the area that sell fish and fish supplies to see if I could find one that I would be comfortable giving my money to. One store that "specializes" in fish and aquariums told me to feed Sam 2 pellets once a week - that the fact I had to change the water in a small tank more than once a couple weeks was proof I was feeding him too much. Then the girl says, you know some people's betta only live a few months. REALLY?? It couldn't be because you told them to keep it in small spaces, dirty water, and starve it to death????? Another store had bettas in little plastic separators in bigger tanks with other fish - and the bettas had those white cottony patches on them. Finally found a store that knew about bettas, suggested the Tetra 3 and 5 gallon aquariums as good starter homes for a betta, had their bettas in smaller containers but with clean water, and seemed to be relatively well informed in general. Good use of half a day I think. I just don't want to give my money to the scuzzy places.