Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Fish Not Boring

I've heard the familiar response when I tell people I have fish, that fish are boring. For any of us fishkeepers, we know that is far from the truth.

Fish can recognize their caretakers. Maybe not as much as dogs and cats, but fish do come to the front of the tank when their keepers walk by. Naturally, it may have something to do with the fact that the fishkeeper is also the one that feeds the fish, but many of our furry friends are trained with treats and food as well.

There are so many different varieties of fish, that you can put several fish hobbyists in a room, and they'll all have something different that they like to keep. Even the somewhat well known goldfish has a variety of strains, colors, and varieties. And each one has its own unique personality and habits.

Fish, as most pets, aren't without controversy. A few years ago, it was the arguments against genetically engineering a "glowing" strain of danio fish. Recently, the debate has been whether it's human to inject "glass" type of fish (those clear, colorless fish) with a dye to make them more colorful and "appealing" to the fish keeper.

Everyone has different animals and pets that they enjoy caring for, and no matter what your favorite, your pets make great pals. So enjoy caring for them, even if someone thinks your pet is boring.

17 comments:

jan said...

A dog or cat that sleeps all day is not exactly exciting. At least fish move all the time.

Anonymous said...

I find fish to be very relaxing.

kailani said...

I don't think they're boring. I love to watch them swim around. I just wish the idea of touching them to clean the tank didn't freak me out so much. hee hee

Matt said...

I know what you mean, Kailani. Mrs. Pet Haven is the same way. I guess I've just gotten used to it over the years.

Julie said...

We have a koi pond. We've named all the fish & I swear they all have very distinct personalities. We're in Chicago, the pond freezes during the winter & the fish hibernate. Now that spring is coming I can't wait to go outside and see how they've done over the winter.

JHS said...

Thanks for contributing this post to this week's Carnival of Family Life, hosted at Intensive Care for the Nurturer's Soul! The Carnival will be live on March 31, 2008, so make sure you stop by and check out all of the other wonderful posts included in this week's edition!

Hueina Su said...

We have two fish small tanks at home, and I find it very relaxing to watch the fish swim. They DO recognize the caretakers. That's why it makes me and my children very sad whenever one of our fish died, and we had to give it a "funeral". Luckily, we've gotten better at taking care of our fish over the years. :-)

Thanks for sharing this with Carnival of Family Life!

Warmly,
Hueina
Intensive Care for the Nurturer's Soul

Matt said...

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who enjoys their fish!

erynn said...

I always wanted a hamster and when i was trying to get my dad to get me one, i started shooting pets at him sayin 'can i have a hamster' and when he sed no i sed 'dog, cat? worms? rat?' then i sed fish and he sed yeah. I regret it, they are very borin.

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