Acquired: Fish / pet store
Posted Feb 17, 2015
I had a couple of fantail goldfish when I first moved to a new place a few years ago. I wanted an animal friend, but didn't have the time to spend with a more high maintenance pet, so I got some fish.
While I enjoyed my fish, I probably wouldn't get fish again just because I'd rather have a companion than a shelf display.
* They're pretty. I kept my fish in a large fish bowl on a shelf in my living room. They made for a beautiful display, and people often commented on my pretty fish. Watching them swim also had a calming affect when I was just sitting in the living room working on the computer.
* They're very low maintenance. Like I said, I didn't have a lot of time for an animal, so a fish was a good choice. They required virtually no attention, and only needed to be fed twice a day, and have their bowl cleaned every few days. (I tried to keep up with the bowl cleanings because I didn't want to have to deal with any slime-related clean-up.)
* Fish are boring. Granted, you may want them because they don't require a lot of attention, but as far as pets go, they aren't the most exciting creatures. The most fun I had was touching the bowl to see if it would swim up to my finger. (That was actually kind of cute.)
* Bowl-cleanings are annoying. For being easy pets, bowl-cleaning can be an intense and obnoxious process -- especially if you're kind of a clean freak, like me.
I would recommend getting fish if you want something pretty to look at (kind of like a really high-maintenance plant), or if you have children that aren't ready for more high-maintenance animals.