Looks like this forum has dragged in another noob from the streets. When I was younger I had some bettas but that was long ago when my parents and I assumed that they could live in a fish bowl without a heater. The result was death for the poor beauties. Now that I'm older I understand how to properly take care of a betta from browsing this site as a guest. I don't have a betta yet because we are in the process of moving but after we move I'm going to set up a 2.5 gallon with a heater and filter. I can't forget to add conditioner to my list. After that I'm going to go to Petco to purchase the conditioner and a betta.