I am from New Orleans and about 2 months ago got my first Betta fish. We named him Maxx (my husband is a TERRIBLE punster) and this site has helped allot with information gathering to make sure he is a happy healthy fish.
We recently moved him to a 10 gallon tank and have been debating weather or not to turn it into a community tank. I have decided on getting some Corys mostly because I am pretty sure Ghost Shrimp will constitute snack as opposed to tank mate for Maxx.
Also we have three Ferrets (a 4 years old black eyed Albino named Koan, a 3 year old sable male named Bear and a 2 year old sable female name Zee) who rule our household with an iron fist. I figured I would mention them now because I do tend to bring them up. They are only vaguely aware that Maxx exists and I am trying very hard to keep it that way. Though when I was cycling the new tank they were ballistic trying to get in to see what in the world was going on.
Thank you for all the great info and I hope I can contribute something to the site!