My christening into betta-ism was kind of random. I'd been walking past them in pet stores and really feeling bad for them in those little cups. Late one night in box store I walked past some more and decided to save a couple. I've kept fish in the past I enjoyed the fish and did a pretty good job of keeping then alive but I didn't have the luxury of all the advice I have here.
I selected an active blue betta that looked pretty good and he has been doing well except today he has gotten a red stripe on his fin (go to fish emergencies if you know what that is about) The second one I picked I got because it was interactive but as far I was concerned ugly I figure it would just die in the store. I've come to find out it's some sort of dragon scale chocolate color with slightly orange veil finnage but not much in the way of finnage. It had swim bladder disease within a day but that is better and I've learned to space his feedings out. He still has some questionable problem with one fin that is either shredded or something else it looks like a bit of shredded ball toward the tip.
I eventually want to get one more betta after I get the first two going well. I've seen some pretty ones at the store so I am wondering how you pick one out that is healthly. It's really hard to tell in those little cups. Does it matter which store you go to?