I've been lurking for a bit now and reading up on betta care. I just want to say that everyone's passion for bettas on this forum is definitely a factor in why I wanted to get a betta so badly.
I know I wanted to get a HM after seeing pictures so I kept looking at a bunch of different pet stores everday (OCD I know :P) to no avail. At one point I was contemplating buying online, but I got lucky and went to a Petco that had a betta with dark blue and green accent with black face mask. I had to have it, and so I do now.
I've always felt so sad seeing these beauties in their small little holding cells so I bought mine a 5 gal to himself. He is happier than ever and swims like crazy!
I'll be posting pictures soon!