That wouldn't happen to be Pets Paradise, would it?
The thing is, I don't know what fish I really want. I know what I want for the 16 gal, thanks to you, LBF (betta chanoides!), but my plans for the 23 gal are still hazy.
I went back in today on the way from uni. They are still there, and have a little more colour, but they are beginning to harass each other since there is nothing to break up their line of sight. Someone bought the anubias in the tank and they don't have anything they can put in there now to replace it until they restock. There is one girl who will be red, but I doubt will get much colour in her body. Another will be a stunning royal blue and yellow MG. The most dominant one is going to be a gorgeous blue and red, and the final girl will be a green and red.
I think half the lure of these fish is watching them colour up, which is one reason I want them. Another reason is that it is much easier to fall in love with a tiny little fish wiggling around in front of the glass, saying, "I can take ya!". This dominant girl (the blue and red) was a total tough-girl and I always fall for that in a fish. :p
However, I bought some Flourish and a leaf hammock for Odysseus and left, because yesterday I emailed Jodi-Lea to ask a rough estimate for six females plus shipping, and I thought I should wait for her reply rather than make an impulse decision. I know that there will be other bettas just as adorable in the shop in the future.
I also saw something to hearten me - a totally uninterested girl, about 16, who just wanted a fish, and chose a very pretty blue-green VT. The sales assistant pointed her to a 17 litre tank with a heater and filter, food and water conditioner, so hopefully she'll take his advice and go down that route. :) As such, I think the girls are in good hands until I make up my mind (if they are still there when I do).