On the topic of betta toys I have a plastic floating lily pad (the base is plastic, the actual plant itself is silk I believe) that I push around with my finger sometimes; Kaze will watch it move and follow it around. Quite sweet.
I also had an outbreak of copepods (aquatic microfauna) and Kaze hunts those through the gravel during the day, as well as randomly pecking at the front of the tank or flaring at me if I press my finger to the glass.
I'd love to have some microfauna (other than the snails as their shells are too hard) in my tank to keep my boys occupied when I go on trips. Was the copepod introduction accidental or on purpose?
It was completely accidental; they hitch hiked in from one of the plants I nabbed from our downstairs aquarium. They were extremely numerous and quite bothersome at first but now that their numbers have naturally decreased I don't mind them so much.
"There will come a time when three words uttered with charity and meekness shall receive a far more blessed reward than three thousand volumes written with disdainful sharpness of wit."
I have both MTS and ramshorn snails in with my guys. I just threw a few ramshorns in when I got a diatom bloom. They reproduced and now I see them once in a while. I have MTS (Malasyian Trumpet Snails) to aerate the substrate as my tanks are planted and I don't like disturbing the substrate. But my betta tanks are divided 10 gals. Snails have a heavier bioload than most people imagine, so they shouldn't be added to anything smaller than a 5 gal.