Hey Guys, This is a simple thread about how to care for a beta fish. Many fish keepers have owned a beta fish at one time in there lives, or cared for one. Yet, there are many problems or different ideas about caring for betas. That is why I'm here to provide you some basic information about beta care, with the ultimate goal of saving some beta's lives! To start off, a beta needs a 5 gallon tank (16" by 6" by 8"), no smaller (though bigger if you want). That means no one gallon bowls no plastic bags no 1 quart containers. If you can not afford a 5 gallon tank (which you can get for only ~$50) than maybe fish keeping is not for you. I don't mean to be harsh, but if you can't afford to take care of a fish properly than don't hurt the fish. For a set up you need beta fish food- $6 starters aquarium gravel- for a 5 gallon, only $4 a live plant or plastic plant- only 1-2 medium needed, $8 a net and siphon or gravel vacuum- small size, $10 a pH test kit- API Freshwater Master Test Kit, $30 That's only $58 + the simple fish tank for everything you need. That's necessary for optimum care of a beta fish. So, when you get your fish tank, take it home, and fill it up with water, following the instructions with the tank. You should start by buying tetra safestart, a bottle for a 5gallon should be less than $10. Put it in and immediately, put in your beta fish. It should now be ok. Make sure to take care of your fish and best of luck... I hope other members on this forum give you advice. This was short, but there is a lot more to that.