I'd been contemplating getting a Betta for a while and after seeing some of the poor guys in the fish section of Walmart yesterday I decided to rescue one. Being largely uninformed I of course thought that a 1 gallon bowl would be plenty of room so I got that, a bag of gravel and some food pellets.
Thank goodness for this website and all the people that post here. after reading up here a bit I went to a pet store and got him a 2.5 tank, a small heater and a thermostat to keep an eye on the temp and he already seems a lot happier then he was in the smaller bowl. I did completely forget to get him some tall plants and a cave to hide in so I'll be going back on my way home from work tomorrow to pick those up as well. I just wanted to drop in and say hi, and to thank you all for the info made available here!