Hello! I'm a long time betta fan, though this is my first real attempt at making it a serious hobby. My first betta was a dark blue veil-tail named Peeve. I kept him through all four years of college even successfully moving cross country with him every year! He died in my senior year from what I think was a bacterial infection that I didn't have the ready funds to treat in time. After Peeve I was too sad to get another betta for a few years, but my boyfriend is into large cichlids so we've had always fish in the house, they just were more his fish than mine.
This fall I wanted a project of my own, so we set up a five gallon and brought home Tyrion Lannister, so named because he was tiny, red, spunky, and lived in a betta castle. Unfortunately, it's been a really tough winter already and we gas a massive ice storm followed by a week of negative temperatures (it's warmer today! It was 9F!) And all our fish dies in the power outages.
We lost two Oscars (one adult named Oscar, and one adolescent named Bert), two plecos, three jewel cichlids and Tyrion Lannister.
I've been itching to try again, but boyfriend is too sad at losing his buddies Oscar and Bert to try again right now, so their large tank is becoming a planted community tank for a while (currently housing some gouramis and tetras and a catfish) and I'm giving it another go with a betta.
Boyfriend's sister took me betta shopping and we picked out a beautiful red and silver delta tail elephant eared boy today. No pictures yet, he's too freaked, but I'm already worried that EE was a mistake. He doesn't seem just right.
Anyway, pleased to meet you all! Hope I enjoy this community as much as I've enjoyed lurking!