Hi. My name is Robbin and I have my first Betta. His name is Alpha and he's a blue veil tail. I have dogs so I know better (about preparing for a new arrival before bringing them home!) but we were in the local fish store to get my setup stuff and there was a row of those nasty little betta bowls and he jumped out of the water when I walked by. How could I resist?!?!?
So I "rescued" him and brought him home and put him in a 1/2 gallon mason jar while I set up the new 2.5 gallon tank and accoutrements and started reading like crazy!
He seemed quite happy and immediately set up a bubble nest in the corner. Bill (SO) was surprised he was so active since he'd only seen bettas in the little bowls and never had a betta (though he's had a good number of other community-type fish). Bill also finds me quite amusing as I interact with my fish daily and he's happy that I'm so happy with little Alpha!
Then after a week or so, I noticed the dreaded white spots on Alpha. Story to be continued on Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies (don't worry, a happy ending so far!)