Hmm, a book that mentions heaters? I think I like this book already...xD Whats the book called?
Anyway, I'll tell my story xD
Though as a small child I had all sorts of fish, my real journey started about five years ago. My dad bought himself a 50 for his new office shortly after he moved, where he kept a Jack Dempsey for a while(quite the lovely fish to watch; I loved him). Unfortunately that job didn't work out, so when he left he rehomed the Dempsey and brought the tank home, where we kept it as a family community tank for a while with mollies and tetras and a couple Gouramis. We moved a couple of times and brought the tank and fish along with is and just kind of kept it in the family room......this was before any research or anything, though. I always enjoyed the tank however.
Anyway, during a move about three years ago, all of the fish we had had before had either died or we found someone to take and we didn't have room in the family room for the tank....so dad gave it to me for my room and told me to set it up and go do some research on fish keeping, hoping that maybe I could make a job out of it eventually.
So thats when I found Tropicalfishkeeping.com and began my journey of real fish keeping.
However, I didn't get into bettas for several more months.....I went and purchased one lovely Blue/teal veil boy from our local craft store however for my 50 in the beginning after learning they could be kept in some communities, though this was before any in-depth research. All I really knew at the time was that most people kept bettas in bowls(which, thinking back on it, I realized I never really thought seemed quite right)and that they would kill each other. He sort of hopped around tanks and bowls and such as I figured out my fish keeping, started setting up some old tanks I had from keeping Hermit Crabs and such.
Though it wasn't until several months later that I got into bettas really. I'd started to do a tad bit of research on here and a couple other forums while I was deciding what I wanted to do with my 20 gallon long....a small community, or a Sorority like someone had suggested...and then one night I had a dream about bettas.
And that was it.
I then proceeded to do more research, set up my 20 long, and went and snagged the five or six girls they had at my LFS xD
Around that time my mom won a DTHM male from a drawing at out LFS.
A week later I set up a divided 10 for the boy I had, and ended up digging out an old 1.8 gallon for my moms fish.
A short while after that I came home from a rare trip to the Petsmart 45 minutes away with a CT male and female I feel in love with.
Couple weeks later I walked out of my LFS with a lovely marble Delta....
Before I knew it I had eight tanks, 15+ males, countless females, and had started to dabble in breeding.
I'd been bitten xD Lol.
I ended up working at that LFS too. Though we recently made a 2000+ mile move, so I rehomed most of my fish save for three(one who just recently fell ill and passed :( RIP my little Batman)who I couldn't bare to part with and the big tanks are packed up in storage for now. :/ I miss them.
But, I have five happy, healthy betta boys who are lavished with love and attention. xD So I'm very happy.
And thats my story xD