Thank you for the welcome. I've already had a chance to chat with some very nice members of the forum in the picture section. Definitely seems like everyone has mutual respect for each other and are generally friendly. It is very refreshing.
I'd love to show you some pictures of my cichlids sometime too. I keep mostly species from lake Malawi and I specialize in the more peaceful ones. Phenochilus placidochromis tanzania, white labs (similar to the yellows, but all white with the black markings), black acei, P. Scofoli, P. electra. It is a pretty mixed bunch, but I have some nice breeding going on.
Wiith the Bettas I am mostly just interested in keeping them as a pet for now. As a student I do not have much time to devote to my fish hobby (relatively speaking) and I don't think I could raise a spawn of betta fry. As you undoubtably know, cichlids are much easier to breed. Simply add water!
Do you know what kind of FW puffer you are interested in? My faves are the pignose puffer (had one at the shop named Clyde) and the red eyes. Both stay a pretty decent size :D.... But then.. there are the dwarfs, so cute, but so bad! You can't help but love them.
I have 9 tanks so far... working at a pet shop is dangerous for my paycheck! I've had to force myself to prioritize so that I don't end up with more tanks!