thank you all for the warm welcome....I hope I can live up to the care of my Betta, everyone is so helpful. It is a whole new world on fish care, just a sign of the times,I can not believe how things have changed. Years ago you still never used tap water you would boil your water then let it sit for several days. now there is water conditioner and ph testing kits and all kinds of water tests. Years ago that was for salt water tanks never heard of that for fresh. Maybe the fish are weaker, so much pollution, and breeding. My Goldfish lived for about two years or more also my Angel fish lived the same. I don't know if that is a good thing or not. I read somewhere that fish could live in their teens. I will try and do my best.....thanks again!