Acquired: Fish / pet store
Posted May 20, 2015
So a little bit of a funny story. I've owned a few fish throughout my life, mostly goldfish and betas. I was one of those people who was misinformed and believed that beta fish only needed a small bowl to live in. Most of my betas died within two years. The most recent beta I got was about two years ago. I picked him out from a pet store and brought him home, placing him in a small bowl as I had before. Then I started doing a little bit of research and found out that the small habitat thing was a myth. I read more and found out that betas need at least a 3 gallon tank and a filter. This upset me (especially since there are so many people who are misinformed about this) and I decided that I wasn't prepared or willing to go out and buy these things, plus I didn't have the room. I ended up finding a couple online who lived a few miles away who had lots of fish and took them to fish shows. I contacted them and gave my beloved Waka Flocka to them less than a month later. I missed him, but it was the right choice to put him in an environment that was better suited to his needs. Please educate yourself before buying any animal!
Pros: beautiful, relatively easy and low-maintenance
Cons: need a bigger tank than most people think, sometimes need a filter (depending on size of tank, other fish in the tank, etc.)