Just wanted to introduce myself. The name's Ely, I'm a college graduate. I have had tropical fish and goldfish throughout my life, although I'll admit I didn't know much about it then, especially since my dad who taught me didn't know very much himself. Since I have recently acquired a 65 gallon tank from my room mate's father (who was going to throw it out from a short notice move) I've made an effort into better understanding this hobby and care for my fish that I love so much (that thank is currently in cycle with 3 African Cichlids).
Last weekend I've rescued two Bettas from a friend, who's coworker was threatening to turn them into fish sticks, or flush them. She had them in a 1/2 gallon divided Betta prison in poor conditions- one of them had velvet. Currently I have the female (I think it's a female) in a larger critter keeper until I get my 5.5 gallon, and the male who is getting over his illness still resides in his 1/2 gallon tank (now without the divider!) until his velvet is completely gone. He's loads better though, is happily swimming around instead of laying at the bottom of the tank and the gold "dusting" had disappeared yesterday when I checked on him.
I'm very excited to have these guys whom I named Fish Stix and Tartar Sauce, they're my first bettas and I'm hoping go about caring for them the correct way, and better educate myself :]