Greetings from Calgary
Hi! I bought a red male Betta about 2 months ago, mostly as a little friend for my 4 year old son, but it was difficult to not grow fond of the creature myself.
His name is Pingu, and he lives in a 10 gallon tank, with loads of interesting aquarium ornaments.
He's very sociable and quite nosey. You can't pass by his tank without him coming up to the glass. I have a feeling that if he were a person, he'd be a crotchety old man, yelling, "Get off my lawn!" His personality is very endearing.
I'm a novice with aquariums and with fish, but I researched a bit and thought the Betta was a good choice for us. He looks to be thriving, and seems to be content. He was in a little plastic cup at the pet store, and when I introduced him to his new home, you could just see that he was thrilled. He doesn't flare that much, but he's always in full bloom while he patrols his territory. His bubble nests take up half the tank.
All in all, they're very neat. Nice to meet you all. Cheers!