Glad I found this site!
Hello! I came across this site and realized it was exactly what I have been looking for the past few months...
I am currently an university student, and while I have had fish and bettas, on and off throughout my childhood, it wasn't until last September when I got my first betta on my own, and shortly following him, I got three more, Rousseau, Nietzsche, John, and Karl Marx respectively. Unfortunately, Rousseau and Karl Marx did not handle the move back home very well, and both died within a month of being back...it really upset me more than I expected, when they died. Of course my friends and family made fun of me for this, and are not very supportive of my newfound interest. Nietzsche and John are doing very well, mostly with my mom's dutiful overfeeding-they have grown quite large.
I'm not going to lie, my original interest in getting a betta was more decorative than anything...after which I became acquainted with Rousseau (he was quite the mama's boy) I began writing some philosophy on him and my interest only spiked from there...this summer I'm working on a project inspired from my original essay on fish, mainly focusing on the under-examined inner, subjective lives of these creatures, and our subsequent treatment of them. If anyone has any anecdotes, opinions, or stories that could relate to this topic, please let me know!
Currently, I have a baby female veil tail I purchased a few weeks ago named Aristophanes, she's doing well, but still very small. I keep her in a small glass box, 75degrees F, with a bamboo and an amazon sword. I want to eventually move her to a bigger 10-20 gal I was given, but my parents are quite against it...my mom keeps her own betta in less than a litre of water, and he is by far the largest betta I have ever seen (topping at least 5 inches), despite my protests against this.