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Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Pondering a Pet
Princess Sparkley told me the other day that she thinks she wants a pet. Thinking it was going to be her answer from a few months ago, a unicorn or a puppy, I asked her what kind of pet she would like. Her response, a fish. "A fish," I told her, "we can talk about."
And so the hunt began for what type of fish to get and what kind of aquarium we would need. Which resulted in me telling my husband, "It might be easier to just get a puppy."
Goldfish, which I had as a kid in just a bowl, apparently can't be in a tank smaller than like 20 gallons. Bettas seem easiest, but we need to get two fish (one for each kid) and they fight. I would love to get some neon tetras, but they apparently need to be kept in a school of at least 5-6 fish, and need a 10 gallon tank. I was thinking more along the lines of a 2.5 gallon tank, 5 gallons top.
So what is your experience with fish? Which route should I take. Of course I've already had to talk them our of getting a pet Nemo and a pet Dory since they are tropical fish and we're not going anywhere near salt water aquariums.