I'm new to fishkeeping, but I'm already addicted to bettas. I got my first, a female VT, in October. I picked up the second, a male VT, in November.... I saw Little Fishie, a male HM (or maybe delta, now that I'm learning more about them), at the end of November, and I couldn't resist.
Little Fishie was beautiful. He also just never settled in. He'd been stressed in the store, and he was stressed here. I thought he was coming around though - he even ate a pellet and started exploring his new home. Then, he clamped up, and within hours, he was gone.... Losing him was pretty traumatic, and I hadn't even had him for long.
PetSmart has a 14 day guarantee, so after he died, I brought him back there. (I felt badly about bringing him back rather than doing something like burying him, but....) They asked if I wanted a replacement or a refund. I turned around and there were the bettas -- and there was a green/red/white HM looking at me. Needless to say, I took the replacement.
Who's the betta in your avatar? He's very pretty.