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I'm pretty sure the "sticker" is actually a heater, not meant for stimulation.Yeahhhhh, but any fish swimming in it's own ammonia and waste, is kinda gross and unhealthy. Aye, sponge filters are the best! : ) Petco has really good, cheap deals on kits and tanks, that can easily accommodate bettas. I actually have a baby male in a 5 gallon tank. The tank was only $5! HOB (Stands for: "Hang on the back of the tank") Filter was about $10. Gravel was about $5 as well. Plastic plant (instead of a reflective, shiny sticker for more ideal stimulation) was a cheap $2! Yeah they have specially designed mini-heaters as well.
Oops, I meant my gravel was $4.
I would also point out that the cheap fake plants don't tend to be super good for bettas. They will oftentimes rip their fins and don't provide any hiding or resting places for them. If you want to stay cheap, I would advise looking around your closest Walmart or other large department store. I often find betta-worthy nick-nacks in the planting, candle, and bathroom sections. Make sure not to get anything painted, but I haven't had problems with glazes. Stay away from metal, as it can rust and leach unwanted chemicals into your water. Find something that will give your betta a nice, dark hiding place. If you look in the fish section, you will end up paying $15 + but if you find odds and ends around the store you can spend the same amount of money and get 5 or 6 hidey holes. Make sure you thoroughly clean anything you put in your tank, but NOT with soap. Salt works well to scrub things off.
Also make sure that anything you put in your tank doesn't have sharp edges. Many people use the pantyhose test (run the soft fabric over your tank accessories and if it rips, don't put that accessory in the tank) but I just feel everything for any sharp edges.