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golden oldies? No!
Member Name: hazeybabe07
Disadvantages: hassle and if you're like me, they don't last long!
As all kids do, my daughter wanted a gold fish. I was keen to agree as it wasn't going to be a pet that ran around the house and filled the garden with poo. I wasn't too familiar with fish though so did a bit of research before we looked at any. I was advised to get a large container of tap water and keep it for a few days to get it to room temperature then treat it with some stuff you buy from the pet store. I had initially though you could just buy a fish and stick it in a bow of water, but apparently not! You're meant to feed them a few flakes once a day, every day.
I got a nice little tank about the size of a microwave, as I didn't wan't a tiny one but didn't want a massive one. I bought some of the colourful gravel, a little plant and an ornament just to make it look nice and was told that a plant adds oxygen to the water too. All of the came to about £50 which I didn't think was bad at all because it was nice to look at and wasn't too small so I didn't feel cruel to the fish.
We went to the pet store and bought two small goldfish for £4 each which is a tiny amount really. They came in a little sandwich bag kind of thing filled with water. We got them home and put the bag in the tank of water before opening it and unleashing the fish into their new home.
I was told to feed the fish at the same time of day if possible to get into a bit of routine and make it less easy to forget or over feed them. I would sprinkle a few flakes in every morning.
My fish, bubbles and Goldie were a novelty and in my daughters interest for about a week. After that they became mine and I ended up being the one who had to feed and do everything with them, which I can't say I really minded because they weren't high maintenence.
I woke up one morning and one of the fish was at the top of the tank. Oh dear. It was dead but when I fished it out with a net, I realised it had half its face missing. The other one must have eaten it! I was shocked and we flushed the fish down the toilet. It was a matter of days when the other was upside down at the top of the water. It wasn't really too hard to explain to my daughter because she was 7 so I just said that they had died.
We did replace them and get more, but after four weeks, they died too. I was bewildered really, I was doing everything I'd been advised, carefully feeding and cleaning them, yet they seemed to have expirey dates on them!
We attempted some more fish and once they died I gave up and packed up the tank. It's now sitting in my loft waiting for new residents or Ebay, I've not yet decided.
Overall, I wouldn't say that fish are really worth the hassle and time. Money isn't really an issue with gold fish because they are cheap and so are most of the accessories that go with them. I wouldn't say that fish are ideal pets for kids either because after the initial excitement of getting the fish, they get bored quickly and then the fish die anyway. I don't think fish are really like pets, more something decorative in the front room because you can't interact with them and you end up replacing them so often!
Summary: I'll stick to seein em at sea world.