What's the point? It's not very interactive, and you can't develop a special bond with a fish. How do you "play" with it?
What is the point of keeping a fish as a pet?
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|by Anonymous||reply 1||03/26/2013|
It's supposed to be calming.
I don't get the point of keeping birds. Who could stand the racket and mess?
|by Anonymous||reply 2||03/26/2013|
They seem more interactive than house plants.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||03/26/2013|
Unexpectedly ended up breeding and raising African/mostly Tanganyikan Cichlids for some years and was surprised at how interesting they were. Had generally 13 aquariums of various sizes.
So many different ways of breeding, bearing, and raising their young, variety of species and gender-based behaviors, the odd atypical behaviors of some seen when having a substantial number of fish... Some really gorgeous coloring also
Meeting the water and filtration requirements was challenging and required a lot of technical learning and attention. Feeding and plant life and proper environments also required ongoing self-education.
Found it quite fascinating overall and would do it again for that reason if time and money permitted, it consumes plenty of both.
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We had a shrimp that you could feed krill, by hand. I cried when it died.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||03/26/2013|
A fish tank is calming if done right. It's not so much to bond with the fish, if they get sick you just flush them and buy another for about a dollar.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||03/26/2013|
I know it's wrong, but damn R7, that's funny.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||03/26/2013|
A gold fish is a perfect pet.
You never have to walk a goldfish
It never keeps you up late barking
And the best part is, long before you get tired of looking at it, it dies
|by Anonymous||reply 9||03/26/2013|
We have 10 "feeder" goldfish as pets in 30 gallon tank. They have more personality than a lot of other pets I can think of. What I don't get is the keeping of large snakes as pets. Why? Unless you just get off on it killing mice and other larger animals as it grows.
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I consider aquarium fish less pets than living tchotchkes. Really, they're like artwork, or shiny pretty things, or any other item or object that you display for aesthetics alone. Their sole purpose is to appear decorative. They can be very pretty and aquariums can be a cool design feature if done well, but they don't give me that warm and fuzzy giddiness I get when I see a cat or dog.
I'm actually not really a fan of any pets except mammals (cats in particular but also dogs, rabbits, ferrets, etc). I just can't bond with someone who isn't warm and furry like me. For the life of me I can't fathom why someone would want a reptile as a pet, they ugly like mythical monsters and just look like miniature dinosaurs that would love nothing more than to feast on your flesh. I know, it probably sounds nutty to some, but those are my assiciations with reptiles.
Birds are dirty, loud and a little creepy. Plus I think it's cruel to clip their wings and keep them in a cage all the time.
To each his own, though. Regardless of species, I think it's admirable when someone takes a pet and cares for it well. It usually shows that they possess a generous heart and a sense of empathy for other living things.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||03/26/2013|
They typically make the room look prettier. They are a living decoration, basically.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||03/26/2013|
Birds can be very affectionate, surprisingly.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||03/26/2013|
People who keep fish have water somewhere in their astro charts (Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio). People who don't have those influences just aren't attracted to the idea. The few people I've known with aquariums had Pisces figuring prominently.
I know, I know, roll your eyes, but you'll find it's true every time.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||03/26/2013|
No Vet Bills
|by Anonymous||reply 15||03/26/2013|
A bit cruel, if you think about it.
And yes I've kept fish from time to time.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||03/26/2013|
R14 I'm an earth virgo, but my aquarium has lots of live plants in it.
Running water is also supposed to be great feng shui that pertains to money coming in. Supposedly that's why you see a lot of aquariums and water fountains in Asian establishments.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||03/26/2013|
[quote]A bit cruel, if you think about it.
Not really. It's not like they have complex brains.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||03/26/2013|
Worn excuse, R18.
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|by Anonymous||reply 20||03/26/2013|
Fish tanks depending on their decor and fish, can be very relaxing to look at. You could go with simple freshwater or even saltwater to get some really decorative fish.
Birds chirping can also be stimulating. It depends on the breed.
Also white noise, and ambiance. Dogs bark at the front door and can be disruptive to most peoples lives if they are too busy to care for a pet. The fish and birds are less time consuming, and very independent. Similar to cats.Unlike cats, they don't stink and they don't tear up your furniture.
It is about preference in companion traits, and what time you have for upkeep. Fish and birds don't need walking, and cleaning up after them takes less of a hassle. Tanks just need water replaced every few weeks.
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|by Anonymous||reply 22||03/26/2013|
[quote]Worn excuse, [R18].
Being worn does not make it invalid.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||03/26/2013|
No, that's just all by itself.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||03/26/2013|
Your fish is dead
|by Anonymous||reply 25||03/26/2013|
They are also delicious. Especially when you are just too tired to make a Safeway run on a weekend.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||03/26/2013|
A single goldfish in a bowl is a waste of time and energy. A big tank of sardines or lobsters is great for snacks.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||03/26/2013|
What's the point of anything?
|by Anonymous||reply 28||03/26/2013|
I like where R28 is goin'.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||03/26/2013|
another R28 fan.
What is the point in collecting stamps, salsa dancing or leather pants?
|by Anonymous||reply 30||03/26/2013|