Fish As Pets
How do they compare to other animals?
Fish have their advantages and disadvantages over other pets. When comparing aquarium fish to other domestic animals consider the following aspects.
A well cared for aquarium should not have a strong smell. Haired animals such as dogs leave distinct odors that fish do not. There may be some unpleasant smells associated with maintenance but your this should not be to overpowering.
Pet hair allergy sufferers can breathe easy knowing their finned pets won't be shedding on the carpet. Anaphylaxis sufferers should exercise caution when choosing fish foods however.
Fish will not bark at strange sounds or howl at the moon. The aquarium filter or air pump may cause unwelcome noise if it is kept in a place such as a bedrooms.
Fish are a lot easier to manage while you holiday. Where cats and dogs require a boarding kennel, fish can be fed with an automatic feeder or slow release feeding block. You should still try and have someone stop in to check the filter, heater and the fish health periodically.
Fish are one of the least expensive pets to buy. A few dollars can get you a new fish for your aquarium an many pet stores. The cost of the aquarium and associated equipment can be expensive to set up however.
Taking a furred pet to the vet can be expensive. Fish medications are a lot cheaper. The rate of mortality for pet fish compared to other animals is notably higher in comparison.
Finding a dead fish is usually less traumatic than discovering other deceased pets. Often more than one fish from a large group will fall sick or die at the same time though.
Pet fish do not require any further exercise than swimming in their adequately sized aquarium. They will need regular water changes, maintenance and cleaning however.
Fish are generally cheaper to maintain than larger pets. They can be addictive resulting in the desire to own large expensive fish though.
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