Acquired: Fish / pet store
Posted Mar 15, 2015
Goldfish are the first pet I remember owning, as they probably are for many children. And it's easy to see why, they're inexpensive and require very little maintenance. Although they only live a year or two, it's very easy for mom and dad to go to the local pet store and find an identical goldfish.
I've had goldfish at several points in my life. The most recent was in my first year of college when we had a small tank of goldfish as a form of rebellion since we weren't allowed pets in our student dorm. We hid them at a friend's house whenever there was a dorm inspection.
Despite not being tropical fish, goldfish can still die easily if they are kept in improper conditions so it's common to go through several goldfish before you have some that survive the first week! It's not fun to get home from vacation and find a half rotted goldfish floating in the tank!
But we had one goldfish who surprisingly broke the trend. We called him Casper as he turned white with age. While the rest of the fish died after a few years, Casper just kept going, even surviving when cats were introduced to the house. He lived for an amazing five years, practically ancient for a goldfish!
Goldfish are ideal pets for almost anyone, but be prepared to make a few extra trips to the pet store for replacement goldfish!