Canuck-I'm reading a lot of those posts! I'm learning quite a lot.
And many of them say require a heater no matter what. The only reason I don't find it necessary is because I have other tropical fish and their temperature is ALWAYS consistent. I have very warm weather here year round and the houses/apartments never have fluctuating temperatures even without air conditioners/heaters running. It's a nice place to be owning tropical fish! If for some reason I notice water temperature changes (for as long as I've had fish the water temps have always been around 78) that are low, I will then definitely buy a heater no questions asked!
There are so many helpful stickies and posts and such. You guys are all so helpful, I like the pots and mugs ideas. I think I'll look more into harmful colorings and chemicals then just go by the dollar store or something to purchase some fun stuff!
I definitely will try the sand. I think I'm going to go for a full gallon for now, and do just a small filter that I'll most likely have to make a softer flow for it... But using the sand I definitely do NOT want to deal with that daily! LOL! Heck, maybe I'll just do 50% water changes every two days w/o a filter... I'll figure it out! ;)
Who knows, I might just keep a permanent divider in the 7 gallon to house one betta and the other side be for my fry and pregnant girls.
I know this is random, but where is a good place to purchase one? I hate the care of bettas at PetSmart and Petco and they're often sickly around my area, and I've heard autobid is really nasty... So where should I look??