Hello everyone, it's very nice to meet you.
Allow me to cut to the chase and say that I purchased a male betta veil tail ("Rocko") at PetSmart, and immediately, well-intentioned-yet-ignorantly, put him in a 1/2 gallon betta torture chamber. (Un-filtered, un-heated, little "betta starter kit" plastic bowl type thing.)
The good news is that a fellow betta lover immediately saw my mistake on facebook, and the next day I purchased a Marineland Hex5 tank, and thus began my love of properly caring for bettas and other tropical fish! (Of course, I ignorantly stuck poor Rocko in there after letting it run for 24 hours but without cycling the tank, at all, but at least he's somehow alive and well 5 weeks later.)
These past 5 weeks have involved a lot of reading and learning, and have strengthened my love for Rocko and all fish. Hopefully I will be the responsible pet owner I should be from here on out.
Rocko is our only pet at this time. My family also includes my husband and our daughter, who will be starting kindergarten in July.
Thanks for reading!