By Daisy Hale
Florida, United States
Posted Jul 04, 2015
My first pet ever was a carnival-acquired goldfish. Naturally, I hadn't known quite what to expect when it came to raising and taking care of a goldfish, but I had heard one too many stories about their infamously short lifespans and reluctance to come to the surface, save for when their food would show up.
Somehow, I was blessed with a surprisingly entertaining fish who absolutely loved to show off his beautiful colors and markings. Kept in a 75-liter (20-gallon) tank with an oxygen diffuser, Bruno lived happily among many other fish that we acquired after him. While most typically wanted to hide in the various pieces of scenery that we put in the tank, Bruno would energetically swim about the tank, especially when he knew that feeding time was coming up.
Bruno outlived all of the other fish by several years. I believe that having a fish makes a great first pet, especially for a younger child! With proper supervision, any kid could learn about the responsibilities of cleaning the fish tank, establishing regular feeding times, and looking after the general well-being of something generally harmless to the owner. While not as physically affectionate as another kind of animal, fish definitely make great pets while also teaching important lessons!