I get it too. My brother is a saltwater jerk and so are his co-workers...bettas aren't "beginner fish". Y'know his fish almost died during a short car ride but mine can get lost in the mail and suvive...yeah which one is better.
BTW it's good you freak out over your fish, don't listen to him ;)
Who am I? Well I am a Junior Member of the International Betta Congress and a breeder of white HMPKs, red dragon HMPKs, black/red dragon HMPKs, metallic multi HMPKs, blue masked HMPKs, and now multi color HMs. Soon to add black HMs. I will be showing in New Breeder class in fall of 2012.