I'm Nicole... I've been reading the forum for the past month and a half... brought home my fish, Motley, about a month ago.
At first, my impression was like many think... that a betta needs basically nothing. I bought a 0.3 gallon over-sized wine glass to put him in, thinking it would be "cute".
The more I've read on here made me realize the tank wasn't big enough for Motley. I transferred him to a "3 gallon" plastic drawer, just so that he'd have more space. No worries, he's not staying in a plastic drawer! I just couldn't bear the thought of Motley being cooped up. He's going to get a real tank for Christmas, a nice 5 gallon one :)
So that's what brought me here... an adventure that went from a 0.3 gallon oversized wine glass, to a (to-be) 5 gallon tank for my boy.
I look forward to reading your posts, and actually being able to respond as a member. As I'm pretty new to all this, I definitely have no advice to give, but there's still stories to tell, and I'll certainly "oooh!" and "ahhh!" at pictures you post!