Good point. I have only seen people who got a betta from the local pet store for their kids/grandkids. Yes, cute cartoon character container, no filter, no heating. They did do water changes off and on. I didn't see their fish live past a year. For this reason, I've never wanted a betta, just ignorance. Now that I walked out of the store with one (shocked me), I am so happy to hear that they can live past one year. Never expected all the information I have found on this site. I can't thank all of you enough for helping me learn.