So I know that in standard, cycling takes quite some time. However I'm kind of in a situation where I am attached to this beautiful white, red, and blue Betta at my local store. It looks clearly stressed being in a cup. It is far too big to STILL be in a cup. Chances are it's $20 price tag is scaring away families getting him instead of the cheaper bettas. I was so saddened watching it look at me, almost "signalling" for me to get it, that I was in the tank section about to buy a 5 gallon. I had to stop myself and go "wait a minute". I left without getting a 5 gallon tank. I want to know, how soon do ya'll think I can get away with getting the betta? Obviously planning on testing water, getting plants to help with the environment of the tank, so on...so on. Not going to plop him in until the tank is top notch.