Yeah I hear you about the job thing, I was lucky enough to get one at the college in the building my mom works in but I've been after it since freshman year, three years ago so....yeah, but I got it! It's only 3 days a week but hey, still better than none! And then yeah, house/pet sitting on the side.
Yeah, my first actual Betta, Gallifrey...well I had him for a whole week in a 1 gallon filtered bowl but ummm well water changing time came around and the water felt nice and warm to me! .....happened that the water was about 110 degree's.....you can tell how that went. And then Scorch was next (yeah named him after Gallifrey's death) and had him for a good 3 months without a filter in the 1 gallon and my dad decided to turn on the filter one day. The filter was in there without the basket because it provided Scorch with a hide from the light. Well the filter went on and by-by fishie as he was sucked up into it. I kind of laughed at it becuase my dad was trying to help me with feeding my fish freeze-dried bloodworms XD but yeah, fail on both our parts. And then my first DT who was red, white and blue named Stony had frozen to death after my heater stopped working.
Gallifrey was a solid red CT and Scorch was a solid red VT
but yeah, then I took a break and got Rembrandt when I luckily found him in a PetSense store! They had just gotten their shipment in! And I've had him since