Honestly, someone asked me why the heck I was spending so much money on one fish. I was like, hello? He's a living creature, he deserves to be respected. And the lady told me that they used to live in shallow muddy puddles, so it doesn't matter. First of all, that's not even true. Second of all, they have been bred so far from their native ancestors that it doesn't even matter. And third of all, I explained to her:
Say, you adopt a poor child from the streets of some slum. The kid is used to digging up garbage and eating very, very little. He's used to sleeping outside with little clothing and sitting in his own filth.
Well, since the kid is used to living in such conditions, once you adopt him, it doesn't matter what his living conditions are, because he's obviously quite hardy and can survive through anything.
Honestly, what is wrong with people? I mean, I didn't know anything about bettas before, I didn't know about the heater or filter or size of the tank. I bought him a 1/2 gallon tank, but then I had the common decency to research about them and got him a 2 gallon tank, with the works. Finding out that some people even buy THESE kinds of "tanks" for their fish made me rage so hard:
I don't even.