What did you originally think of bettas?
Since I was little I had a phobia of dead/sick/dying/injured/deformed/albino/out-of-water fish, so I figured the best way to get over it was to get a betta "since they're easy to care for." I didn't want a girl because they had dull colors, didn't want a plakat because they had short fins, didn't want a gorgeous emerald green HMEE because only one of his fins was EE and it creeped me out (still kicking myself for that one) and didn't want a crown tail because the tails looked "torn" to me and it creeped me out. Well all of that has changed. Figures that my Archie is a CT and he best fish I've ever had, I love him to pieces! And I bought Mesmer covered in fungus, finally 2 days ago I found out what color his face is! (Yeah, there was so much fuzz I didn't know what color it was) now I'm wishing i had room for a sorority and the only time I'm scared of fish is when they are lacerated (like you can see inside them) or when they are very clearly suffering/dying.
So I guess I wanna know what misconceptions did you have about betta?