My husband got the job he applied for, which means we get our tanks! We are getting a little 10 gallon community tank, as well as a smaller betta tank. We will pick them up on Friday and start cycling. If the betta plays nice, he can live in the 10 gallon (and then I get a second betta for the smaller tank :D). If not, we already have a tank set up and ready to go for him.
I wanted to go the breeder route for getting my betta, but there seem to be none close. However, a local pet store (specializes in fish) has some really lovely ones (including crowntails, two listed as HM [they were not flaring, so hard to be sure if they were true HM or just deltas/SDTs], and some DTs!) that are kept in quite reasonable sized tanks. They all look healthy and active (several even showed off how handsome they were by flaring a bit), and none were fat. The owner seems extremely knowledgeable about fish, in general, and he even told us he would not feel happy selling us fish until he got a water sample after our tanks cycled. I was impressed! This is a man who cares about his critters! :)
I'll probably get a crowntail, as they are my favourites other than HM plakats. They are all pet quality, of course, with either fin or colour faults, but I am just looking for a new friend, anyway.