A few months ago, I naively set out to get my first betta fish buying a one gallon filtered tank. His name was Drake and he was a deep royal black, red, and blue crowntail. I followed the advice of the designated Cat Guy at the petco and fed him twice a day as many pellets as he'd eat in 2 minutes (7 pellets twice a day for this guy). When I came across him being bloated and what I'd later determine to be swim bladder. After he wouldn't eat for 3 and a half days, I searched frantically on sites and it was only when I came across this forum that I found the information I needed to treat it. It was late at night so I waited till the morning before I'd go on my quest to get the items needed to help Drake out.
Drake was dead that morning. I was very upset and had an empty tank for three days. In those three days, I found so much information on these forums and felt prepared to get another betta. My double-tail, Gyarados. He'd live in that same one gallon for about a week and a half before I put him in rightfully with a five gallon. And although he had a few illness scares, he's now incredibly active and healthy and I'm very happy to have him.
If it wasn't for the community here, I would have been lost due to the different available information out on the web that say so many opposite things about how to take care betta fish. I'm still learning a lot and still consider myself no where near knowledgeable in bettas as many of you. This forum has a huge community that is helpful, understanding, kind, and holds a lot of information and resources. Betta fish care is made much more understandable and simple amongst the complex processes of starting out as a betta owner (until you get the gist of it and then it's pretty easy but not as easy as some stores would like you to think with a few pebbles, a 0.5 gallon bowl, and a fake plant).
I got Gyarados on March 8th and I'll have had him nearly for two months and while I sometimes feel like a pain for asking so many things, all of you have been tolerant and helpful in giving advice.
So here's to the community of BettaFish.com. Thank you all and I hope to continue to be a better part of this forum.
-- Devin aka True Indigo