My first betta was a purple and blue VT named Potato Gonzalez.. I firmly believe fish and snails should have silly names. I got him when I was 15 at a petsmart. I'd been bugging my mom to get me a puppy because they had promised that when we moved to GA they would let me get a dog. My mom was trying to use the excuse I wouldn't take care of it blah, blah, blah.. so I asked her if I could get a fish instead.
Well I wanted a black moor goldfish. I knew nothing about fish and wanted to keep it in your regular fish bowl. Luckily for the fish the petsmart employees said I needed a 20+ gallon tank.. so no goldy. I start looking at the bettas and picked one out. The petsmart employee said to buy this tank..
Which I did.. its about a 1/2 gallon. I got some pellets and the guy said do a water change once a week and I went home with my new buddy. I set up his tank and he seemed really happy to me. After a few months I thought he looked cold so I went and bought this..
thinking it would heat up the tank. Gonzalez would spend most of his life under than light. I did my weekly water changes religiously but one day came home to find Potato Gonzalez dead :(... I know now why he died but it doesn't make me miss him any less.
After that I got Fish.. he was a gift from my now ex-boyfriend to make me feel better.. he seemed so ugly in comparison to Gonzalez that I didn't even give him a name.. he was just "Fish".. he managed to hang on 3 years in an unheated, 1 gallon tank with weekly water changes until I stumbled across a betta forum and realized I hadn't been taking proper care of my fish.
(Oh.. and I did get my puppy 6 months after I got Gonzo :D)