I've been a shameless lurker on this site for about the last 6 months, ever since my husband saw an ick-riddled, finless Betta at a pet store and decided his mourning period for his late Betta, Carl, was over. Carl had been ANOTHER rescue, and lived for almost 5 years!
Shortly after, we were gifted a female crowntail by a friend (so the little bowl said, anyway, she's certainly not a half-moon) and so I started trying to find more information on caring for these two critters, especially our petstore rescue.
You guys have already been invaluable, so I thought I would join to reap the full benefits of your community! Even learning about the different kinds of Bettas and their genetics has been awesome!
At any rate, for the time being I share a teeny tiny 1 bedroom apartment with a husband, two rescue cats, a ball python, and two Bettas. My husband and I have only been married two months (as of the fourth of july!), and next month we are moving to a much MUCH bigger apartment, and adding his dog to our group of misfits. He's military and does MMA on the side, and I work two jobs in customer service as I try to finish up a degree in Education and Public Policy.
Now I'm considering setting up a naturally planted community tank for several gorgeous female Bettas, all because we went to a different pet store than usual looking for mice for my snake, and brought home a rescue Betta. You guys aren't kidding -- they really ARE addictive!