Walle: I am a pretty new enthusiast myself. I'm still in the "asking painfully obvious questions" phase. Sloooooowly learning, though, and stop thinking that every little thing I do will kill my betta ("OMG! Four pellets instead of three?! Grab the paddles!)
teasell: my pet store addiction is bad enough in the Raleigh area, now you had to take it statewide??? lol. I'll be Ikea-ing up there next month and may have to make a few detours. The pet stores around here have left me....well, we'll say unimpressed at best, horrified more than once. Or twice. Or....
laughing: Do come! Bring your empty aquariums! Save one for me, I'm in desperate need!
And yes, out of state tuition is insane! I had to pay it for one semester when I first moved here from OH. Good luck with school...we do have some stellar ones here! Which one are you wanting to attend? What specialty?