08-01-2008, 11:44 AM
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+1 for the bigger aquarium. You should have a minimum of 2.5 gallons for a betta, and the bigger, the better. Also, the larger the aquarium is, the more stable it will be, which means less work for you :) . I would cycle it using the fishless cycle method. Besides not hurting your fish, this method is quicker. I just cycled my 15 gallon tank in 10 days using this method!
Check where you buy the fish too. Most fish stores keep bettas in deplorable conditions, and they are already sick when you get them. I have heard that some people on here get their bettas from aquabid.com, but they are a bit pricey. Just make sure that where ever you go, you get a healthy betta in the first place.
Also, a good liquid test kit is a must. The API kit is very popular and includes tests for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH. Good luck.