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I am brand new to the whole betta fish thing.

How small of a tank can I get away with getting without compromising the quality of life of a single betta? Also depending on the size, what size is the biggest aquarium I can get that will not need to be filtered? I am a student and working on a limited budget. I will need to get a heater for the aquarium because my house is relatively cold, especially in the winter.

I don't really know what to get other than:
-heater (Do I need a light if I have a heater?)
-Water conditioner
-A betta fish
-food for the fish

Please let me know if there is anything else I need to get, and how small an aquarium I can get. Any and all advice is appreciated as I am a complete nooby.
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Upon spending 5 minutes I found This:

I am thinking that I will probably get a aquarium around 5 gallons as I will just have a single betta. Is there anything else I should be aware of, or is this information enough?
Budget is flexible currently with Christmas coming I will probably be able to raise some funds for a betta. Also I have access to Amazon prime so any of that stuff that can be found on there will be very good.
As this will be my first betta should I go with a 5 gallon tank or 10? I've been reading your journal, and noticed you give them time to adjust in a 2.5 gallon before transferring to a bigger tank. If I don't have a medium sized tank in the transition is there a way to make the transition easier on the fish other than having plenty of cover and such?

This is just a shot in the dark, but is weighing the container the betta comes in to the bottom of the tank to give it something familiar to chill in as it becomes used to the larger aquarium an option?
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