WOW, you got your first betta 6 months ago Aluyasha? WOWZA! I'm very sorry that you have lost so many in such a short space of time, but now you have quite a few healthy and happy bettas, right? :) Hehe, I think I was 6 when I got my first betta, and before now I'd only ever have 1 at a time, and my mom cleaned the tank for me. In the past year I've had 5 bettas. The first 2 bettas died of Ich. I've had Liberty for 7.5 months, and I got Dumbo 10/21/10. Those buys were planned. Then I stumbled across Butterfly, and I couldn't let him go! Hehe. So that is how I ended up with 3. If I came across a really rare treat at Petco I'd have trouble letting it go, but I'd also have trouble convincing my parents so I have a balance. ;P
Darcia was doomed from the start, having many diseases at once when I bought him. He lived about 4 days.
Stahl I had for around 3 months, he had always been a sickly Betta. I think his old age along with a mystery illness is what got him.
Trout got dropsy after a month of having her. I had to euthanize her.
Finger I gave to my mom. Together we owned him for about 5 months. He was old when I got him and he died of old age.
And Plum D suddenly got ich for seemingly no reason. He was almost white so I did not notice the ich spots until it was too late. I had him about 2 months.
Aw! That is sad. Well, I only really got interested last January. I got a "HM" which was really just a Delta at Petco. He lived in a 1.5 gallon tank with a filter, and I didn't even notice that his fins were clamped because I barely knew anything about bettas! But he got Ich and died after 3 months. I didn't even know it was Ich until looking back. I just thought he, ya know, died? So I just rinsed everything and let the filter run for a few days and then bought 3 guppies. Because I didn't put in new gravel or use soap (still didn't know it was ich or even what ich was!) the guppies were all dead within 3 weeks. I bought a little VT I named Rainbow or Bo 05/26/10. He lasted a little longer because I tried giving him Bettafix for a while, but he still got Ich and died 07/06/10. Well, a few days before I cleaned out my mom's fridge and in return she said she'd buy me another betta. So, we went to Petco and I picked out Liberty. I still have him! He isn't nearly as magnificent looking as when I got him, but he is still very pretty. Phew, okay, that's my story!
Owning pets is a learning process. You never know everything from the start. Even if you read a lot of infomation about Bettas, you still will make mistakes because some things you have to experince.
Glad to hear of your success with your current Bettas! I hope they all stay healthy and happy. :)
I had a few Bettas throughout high school that I kept in those decorative "rose bowls". I feel so bad looking back on it. The aren't really any bigger than the cups they come in. You would THINK I would have known a living creature would be miserable in such a small container, but I had no clue. Poor fishies!