It feels as though every week I see at least one post where a member (often, though not always, a newcomer) is exploring any possibility, however remote, of getting a male betta into a community tank or a bunch of female bettas living in a sorority. I'm not criticizing these members; I would like to understand their point of view a little better than I do, however. Whether the individual is a newcomer who wants to know whether his 10gal tank will accommodate a couple of males in addition to his bala shark and common pleco or an experienced fishkeeper who has researched every angle, the one thing that nearly everyone has in common is their awareness that bettas have a tendency to attack other fish. A very few people do seem unaware of female aggression, but lately, Tigress Hill's tragic sorority experience has been offered as an example to anyone who wants to start a sorority of their own. However... people still seem very enthusiastic about trying these combinations. Personally, I don't get it: knowing the risks, why buy a beautiful betta, fall in love with it, and then put it into a situation where it's likely to die a violent (and completely preventable) death? What am I missing? What's the appeal that makes the risk worthwhile? I want to repeat: I'm not posting this as veiled criticism. I genuinely want to know more about this aspect of betta keeping. PS: I also know that many of our members are successfully -- for the moment, at least -- keeping bettas in community tanks... so I'm fully aware that it's not always doomed to failure.