I've been lurking here a bit and decided to join. Fabulous community with so much to learn from. Wow!
I've loved Bettas for years and finally decided to take the plunge and try my hand at caring for one.
I have a 10 gallon half-moon tank that I purchased today at Petsmart. It's up and running but I don't plan on adding a fishy in there yet, even though the staff insisted that it was ok after 24 hours.
I have added water conditioner and aquarium salt as per recommendations both from the Petsmart staff and from my own research.
I did however buy a Betta. They had a lot of them and while they all looked lovely and actually not half-dead like some pet stores I've been to today(so sad seeing them in little bags in shops stuffed in with a moss ball. Not sure the fish were all alive.), there was one that I fell in love with. So in case someone buys him before my tank is ready, I couldn't help but buy him. He'll have to live in a bowl until the tank is ready but I figure it's better than him staying in the petstore in his cup. He's a Veil Tail Betta. Gorgeous metallic blue that is turquoise in some areas of him. At the front he has matching burgundy stripes on each pectoral fin.
He's very lively and wherever I am, he tends to keep himself to he's facing me and comes to the side closest to where I am in the room.
I couldn't resist getting a moss ball as well. I love how so many of you have named them so mine is Raoul. I work in theatre mostly with actors from Phantom so I gave it a Phantom of the Opera related name.
I'm thinking of adding a ghost shrimp so would that make him/her and 'opera ghost shrimp'? Or possibly a frog, will name it Toad (again Phantom related name).
There's so much info in these forums. I plan on reading and soaking up as much as I can so my little betta (not sure on his name yet) can hopefully have a long and contented life.