Hello, this is my very first post but I have been obsessively reading these boards for a week now (while on vacation). I had originally planned on getting one betta to replace my beloved betta Gilbert who passed on in the winter storm that knocked out our power for 3 days. Then I started reading about rescues and thought that was a great idea! Then I started reading about diseases and read this whole thread, I was scared to death of even getting a betta after reading the first few pages, everything was presented as dire...I was even paranoid about changing my guppies water without a full blown nuclear fallout getup on! I have 13 female and 8 male guppies in two sexed tanks. Anyways, I made it to the end of this thread and will be extra careful with cleaning procedures, have bleach, alcohol and Barbasol (sp?) on hand but will still get a betta or two. I really learned a lot from this thread.