Have you ever owned a pet? Ever spend so much time investing into the life of your pet? There is much responsibility that is involved in nurturing and caring for an animal, but what about a pet fish? Most might assume the task of fish-raising is easy, I mean the fish are cute and bubbly, but it is also a very important and tactical job! OKWU students Cassie Frailey and Taylor Harvey* share some do’s—and more importantly—don’ts from their successes and failures as fish parents.
Informed Fish Raising Tip #1 – Don’t be uneducated fish owners
Be educated with your fish, know the details, and do some research with the type of fish you are purchasing. Every fish is unique and special in their own type of way, which means they all have certain needs-whether it be the temperature of the water, special air pumps, or a special brand of fish food. Do the research and save a fish!
Also, if you plan on owning multiple fish, remember that your fish need room to roam and make sure you have enough space (they share the same oxygen). And fish, just like everyone, love clean environments — don’t forget to clean their tanks!
Tip #2 – Fish are admirably unique
Be a proud fish owner. Know your fish and be especially considerate of the qualities of your fish. Give it (because who knows if it’s a girl or boy?) an aspiring name that compliments your fish’s appearances. Love every aspect of raising a fish. You wanna name your fish after famous people? Go for it! People from all over are known for their important roles as fish parents, check this article out about how one person takes extra steps to save her child-fishy!
Tip #3 – Accept the challenge
The life of your fish depends on you and you only (no pressure). Do not be nervous about owning a fish, because with school and other activities– there is no room left to worry every morning if your fish is still alive! Accept the fact that your first fish will always be a working progress, whether your fish has a long life or not, you are always learning.
Remember fish parents: do research, know your fish, and most of all—enjoy every second of fish raising!
*Disclaimer: Cassie and Taylor may or may not be the best people from which to gain advice. Following this interview, Sheeran (their 5th fish) went to fish-heaven..