It’s that time of the year
when kids are home, and all they need is a bunch of activities. At such times,
kids often demand of having pets at home, and why not? What better way to
cultivate a sense of responsibility to care for someone else than to get them a
pet. Fishes are among those animals which are often preferred as they are less
demanding in comparison to bigger animals. However, they surely need attention
and care, and it’s better to let kids know about some of the responsibilities
involved in petting before bringing them home. Make sure you build their
habitat and diet according to their needs in an appropriate size tank, which is
well-lit and clean.
Here are some of the fishes
which make an excellent pet for kids:
This vibrant orange and white
fish are loved by kids and adults, thanks to “Finding Nemo.” However, this is a
saltwater fish and requires salt as its natural habitat. Therefore, these
fishes need a spacious tank of at least 29 gallons of water. Best to imitate
their natural habitat is by including rocks and artificial plants that can
become their hideouts with low maintenance, as natural plants would require
extra care and cleaning.
Aquatic heaters are generally
required to maintain their natural habitat temperature and a few currents to
give them a real feel. Water pH quality should also be in check. A proper diet
should be provided to achieve optimal health, including frozen food, pellets,
flakes, algae, frozen worms, shrimps, squids, spinach, etc.
Yellow and black striped have
small, lean bodies, and thus are active fish species. Principally living in
groups in freshwater requires a slow and soft water flow and is relatively
hassle-free. Sinking pellets, blood worms, and brine shrimps are the most common
options as food, but they can also take in blanched vegetables such as zucchini
if given in small bits, as they are mostly omnivores. They eat when the food
sinks to the bottom and practically eat anything.
The best is to have a water tank of 20 gallons so they can live tranquility with other small fishes. Add plants and décor to make hideouts, and a smooth substrate should be used as they keep burrowing. What’s thrilling is that they swim fast and hide and might as well involve kids taking a peek. Regular oxygenation and cleaning of water are reasonably good enough for them. It is best to get rid of unnecessary algae.
Angel fish also has a
prominent and vibrant body, with a high contrast of black and white with almost
a triangular body, which excites kids the most. They can get 6 to 8 inches long
in length. They are omnivores, but a little bit of occasional frozen food like
daphnia can be a good addition.
A 20-gallon or more water
tank is decent enough. However, an ample room is needed to swim. Make sure to
have lots of plants as hideouts in the tank. They occasionally tend to get
hostile but can also co-habitat as well. A great variety and quality of
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Brilliantly gorgeous blue
fish with a red-colored lining at the ends of the lower body and tail is so
attractive for people of all ages. It is considerably small, can grow as big as
4.5 inches, has gills and fins, and sometimes comes on the water surface to
breathe, which can be an exciting sight.
They can live in a 10 to
20-gallon water tank and are easy to handle, able to co-habitat with other
species as long as the species is peaceful, and best live in pairs. However, it
is better to avoid keeping 2 or more males together as they can fight till
death and need low maintenance of habitat conditions. Plants are required as hideouts
since they are naturally shy creatures. They typically eat insects, plants,
algae, and larvae in freshwater bodies, but in tanks, they can take in flakes,
vegetable-made bits, and frozen and dried food as well.
You can choose any of the
above species mentioned above, but make sure to build their habitat closest to
the natural one. Regular filtering, cleaning, water temperature, and pH
maintenance ensure optimal water health quality needed for the fish to live its
best life. Let kids know not to overfeed or pour extra food. Some fishes often
come to the surface, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re hungry. Nurture
your pets the best you can.