I found your forum when researching Betta Fish for my son. I am soon to be 32 years old, and my son will be 10 in June.
I maintained tropical freshwater aquariums through my teen years and have experience with many different types of fish and even incidental live bearer breeding.
I am an animal lover, of all kinds. We currently have a miniature Dachshund named Gambit who is LIKE a fish... pictured here:
And a Homozygous Beige Chinchilla named Mendel (he is 8 years old now):
I started an aquatic ecosystem with my son to show him the hierarchy of the food chain and teach him the value of balance and harmony.
No, I do not want to put a Betta in the ecosystem :).
The reason I joined the forum was; I was visiting my cousin the other day and they have a vase on their kitchen table with a large leafy plant and a Betta swimming around in it. This concerned me as he didn't seem very active, the way mine used to be when I had my 25 Gallon aquarium back when I was a teen.
I know that many myths about Betta fish are false, and I started seeing a trend of these 'decorations' with live Betta fish in them.
I did a bit of research over the last few days and my suspicions were correct. Not a good environment for him without proper care.
So my son started asking questions about Betta fish, and I took him to the petstore to show him what they look like.
Once our ecosystem project is finished, and provided he shows responsibility with the creatures therein, I may consider starting up a tropical tank for him. We had one when he was very young (he didn't even remember) with some guppies and tetras in it.
I thought I would join a forum, to chat about maintenance, get advice, maybe give advice if I get current on my facts.
Thanks for having me, I hope to talk to you all soon!