I am a teenager (more or less) and I would like to get a Betta fish, since they are less of a hastle, and less costly than most rodents and reptiles, and also because they are fish that tend to interact with their owners. I do own other types of fish but they are not Bettas, most of them are Guppys so I need help in learning more about expenses and proper care of Bettas.
Although there are many forums about this, I have never found one that had the exact requirements that I wanted.
Can someone please tell me the price of a cheap Betta fish, what type of Betta it is and where I would find it?
Can you also tell me the minimum of items I would need for this Betta fish, and how much each of these items would cost, and where I could get them?
Please note that I am planning to buy a bit less than a 5 gallon tank, maybe a 4 gallon or 3 1/2 (I know those exist).
Also note that I live in the Mid-Western United States, so I don't use Pounds and Euros or any other currency other than U.S. Dollars and coins.
Can you also tell me what the total cost would be overall per month? I don't want to go to superfluous, but I don't want to neglect my fish either. I really want to be informed so I can convince my parents to get me one for my 14th birthday.
Thank you to anyone who responds!
(Pictures could help!)