Fish are now the third most popular pet after dogs and cats, according to a study conducted by the Pet
Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA), the principal trade organization for the UK pet food industry.
Dogs are still the most popular pets, with 23% of UK families owning a dog. Cats have 19% of the pet
group, and fish 16%, an increase of 17% over the last three years.
Benefits of Fish as Pets
There are many benefits to having fish as pets, among them:
Fish are easier to care for and less expensive than many other pets.
Fish are quiet and have an effect of tranquility and calm for those observing them.
Fish do not exacerbate allergies, as they have no fur or dander.
Fish will not destroy furniture, chew up shoes and clothing, and create messes all over your
Fish come in a variety of sizes and shapes and you can have just one, or many, depending on
the size of your tank.
Fish are clean pets that do not need to be groomed, do not have fleas or ticks, and do not need to
be bathed and brushed.
Fish tanks and aquariums add to the décor of your home.
Getting Fish as Pets
Before you purchase your fish and fish tank, do research.
Decide what type of fish you are interested in having.
Buy only those bred in captivity.
Start with a small aquarium and low-maintenance fish such as goldfish.
When you have more experience, you can get a bigger tank and more exotic and expensive fish.
Different types of fish require different aquarium environments, so build your aquarium around the needs
of your fish. Consider the size aquarium you can afford and have the space for, and where you will put it
in your home. Aquariums come equipped with filtration systems, artificial lighting systems, often a heater
or chiller, and some have hoods.
You need to know about the fish you are interested in having:
1) How big will it get?
2) Will it see smaller fish in the tank as prey?
3) Will your fish eat live plants in your aquarium?
4) What kind of water best suits your fish (temperature, hardness, pH, etc.)?
5) Does your fish need to live with other fish or alone?
6) How much will the fish you are considering cost?
Where to Place Your Fish Tank
If your fish tank is small, you can place it almost anywhere. However, there are some things you should
consider when choosing the right spot for your fish tank. It is best to avoid placing it near windows. Since
fish are used to living in deep waters, direct sunlight will not be good for them. In addition, windows can
cause sudden temperature changes, which most fish do not like. Also, do not place the fish tank near
heaters or radiators. Remember that you want to keep a constant temperature in the tank. It is also a
good idea to keep the fish tank away from any power source in case of an accident.
Try to place the fish tank where you can easily see them in order to notice any sudden changes in your
fish’s behavior if they get sick. Avoid places in the house where you rarely go or where you do not pay
attention to the surrounding area. Remember that you not only want your tank supervised, but you want it
somewhere where you can observe and enjoy your fish.
Fish can make wonderful pets and aquarium keeping provides a method of developing responsibility in
young children. If you live in a smaller home or rental, a fish tank is a great addition to your household.
Additionally, the ease of care and the variety of fish available make having a fish tank a joy for a family.