I have had Earl for about a month now, and I decided to do a journal on him! Because I thought it would be fun..
I got Earl from a summer camp I attended. It was an Animal Behavior camp, so we were using four male bettas to watch their behavior against each other. The teacher needed to find homes for all of them so I got one! He is a red crowntail betta, and she got him from PetSupplies Plus.
Currently he is in a large, 1.5 gallon, what is technically a vase, but it's large and rounded. He has a Tropica Fern, the little plastic cup he came in(Until we get him a cave) and a plastic plant(which is not cutting his fins.). Soon he will hopefully be getting a 5 gallon, SQUARE tank.
Shortly after I got him his fins started curling at the tips, I read that it may just be genetic, since many pet stores don't have good breeders.
I've cleaned his tank once in the month since I got him, only out of the fear that if I did it wrong I'd kill him. Now I plan to do it once, or twice a week.
He has a funny personality. He will attack food from my finger to get it and eat it. When I put my finger to the glass he will come slowly, flaring up, and then he will run off. He likes to act bigger then he is, but I know he loves me. He just likes to act tough. ^-^ I like to sit next to him, and when I do this he will swim around, doing his own thing. But every now and again he will come and look at me, almost like checking to make sure I'm still there.