I got my Beta about 9 months ago and I felt sorry for him sitting in his tank all alone. He looked incredibly lonely and bored.
So I took all the hooks off of 3 small bass fishing lures and tossed them in the tank with him. At first, he flared up and got defensive, even striking the lures a few times thinking they were alive. That was many months ago. Today, he seems to love his playing with his lures. He puts his head on the edge of them to sleep and sometimes he smacks at them while I'm watching tv (I often wonder if he does it just to get attention or to get fed). In any case, he sure seems happier now.
Anyone else give toys to their Betas?