March 23rd, 2009 Jamie
When I lived at home, there were few things more rewarding than having my two dachshunds run to greet me when I walked in the door. I really missed them when I moved off to college, but clearly I couldn’t have a dog in the dorms. In fact, I couldn’t even have one when I moved off-campus to an apartment, because most complexes either don’t allow cats and dogs, or charge an extra fee for them.
What’s an animal lover to do?
In the middle of my sophomore year, our RAs introduced a big competition among all the on-campus apartments in our area–goldfish. The concept was simple: keep your fish alive the longest and you get a gift certificate for fish tacos (ironic!). I was pretty excited about the fish, and quickly took over the care of our golden friend Joanna.
The great thing is, after a little effort for the set up, there are some fish that are VERY easy to care for. And they have a very soothing, zen-like presence; watching them swim around is very relaxing (why do you think they show up in so many dental offices?!).
For beginners, I’d recommend getting either a Goldfish or a Betta. They don’t require much space, and aside from a little feeding and the occasional water change, they are relatively self-sufficient. And pretty!
Note: Betta’s are the lowest maintenance as single fish, but if you get a Betta, only get one! They don’t play well with others.
The Proper Care and Feeding of Fish
Both Goldfish and Betas are very hardy fish, but they still require some care, so again, don’t get one if you don’t have the time (or will) to care for them. Also, keep in mind that the initial set up will take more effort than the day-to-day care of your fish.
Here is are a few great resources for basic Betta & Goldfish care:
photo by afranklin
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