we've decided we're getting him a UV glow-light tank for xmas, and i just found on ebay the PERFECT boy to be the crown jewel fish of his tank:
i'm gonna buy him once i get paid on thursday, and we're gonna set him up a temporary 3 or 5 gal tank and keep him a secret until the setup is complete. it's gonna be a 20 gallon community with a day/night and UV glow LED system, stocked with this boy and 5-7 UV-reflective platies or danios. if the betta turns out to be community aggressive, i'm going to house a tank-within-a-tank 3gal halfmoon in the center, partially obscured with silk plants, kind of like a throne room. we're going to make our own florescent silks by taking the stem parts from standard silk plants and cutting our own leaves from florescent silk fabric, and probably substrate it with a mix of black and white gravel so that some will glow and some will be a dark background. most of the decor will be GloFish brand inserts so that it will reflect the UV light and continue the theming. of course all these details are up in the air till they're cemented in place, but my fiance and i have been giddily planning this present for the last month or so, and are finally starting the countdown to putting it in motion!