Hi there everyone!
I've been lurking around this site for a while and finally decided to join tonight! All this information here is absolutely amazing and wonderful! I've truly enjoyed/appreciated everything I've read so far.
I've had my boy, Ulysses, since the end of December and can say that I have most definitely been bitten by the Betta bug. ;) I've loved watching him grow, watching his colors change from muddy and muted to vibrant and healthy. You almost wouldn't be able to guess that he is the same fish I brought home a few short months ago.
He was a Petco find, crowded into one of those tiny cups, and just looked so drab and sad. But he had these gorgeous blue eyes... how could I resist? :)
Ulysses is now living quite happily in a 1 gallon (I know, bring on the criticism for the small size) tank with regular cleaning/water change. (quite a few times a week, 50% most days, 100% about once every week)
I swear he is the most active Betta I've ever met! He hardly stays still long enough for me to snap a decent photo (unless it is a close up of his face, as he seems to be a diva and loves to have his face photographed. :) Gotta love that big personality, squished in such a small body!)