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UNDERWATER PET Posted on June 22, 201616 Comments

I know I have been wanting a pet fish for a long time, and with the new arrival of Finding Dory, my longing has grown. Although Nathaniel is not quite convinced, I think the movie will be enough to persuade him. As for kids, Finding Dory is an eye opener to the vast array of sea life that we can’t see every day! As you leave the theater, your young one may ask questions such as:squirt

“Can we have a stingray?”,

“Sea turtles are cool, can we have one?”, or

“Those otters were so cute! Wouldn’t they be a nice addition to our family?”

Maybe the idea of a stingray or otter is a little far-fetched, but what if they ask for a clown fish? Another seawater fish? Maybe a sea pet seems out of reach, but it may not be as out there as you think.

Picking a Pet

Seawater fish are not good for every family. They require a lot of hard work and dedication. Because of this, it is better for the fish to be in a family with multiple caretakers. If your kids are old enough to take care of such a big responsibility, your dream pet may still be an option.

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Sea pets also require a large amount of water. This means a very large tank for cleaning and maintenance. A large tank can also mean a whole lot of room. Make sure you have a large area for a tank where it will not be in the way of traffic. A terrible thing to happen is for somebody to run into or break the fish tank. You want to be sure your new family member has a safe home to live in and enjoy.

Lastly, seawater fish take up quite a bit of money. The required fish tank, filter, and food can add up. Make sure that you can make the investment. Don’t get caught up in the excitement and forget the reality of what it requires. You don’t want to have to take your new friend back. Plan ahead of time and ensure you will be able to provide.

To Pick Or Not To Pick nemo

If you just discovered that you are going to get a new seawater pet, that is great! But, if you discovered it may not be in your realm of possibility, don’t be upset. Freshwater pets are still nice additions to the family. Many freshwater fish are great substitutes for their more demanding relatives. They require less time, money, and space. Some smaller fish only require a small bowl for a tank! Your local pet store is the perfect place to ask questions and learn about the best fish to fit your family and your lifestyle.


Picking a new pet can be tricky. There are many things to remember and to learn before making a decision. To help you when you think about the decision, here is a Pick a Pet PDF from Dory herself. Make sure to research thoroughly and give your new pet the happiest home possible!

16 thoughts on “UNDERWATER PET

  1. My kids would love a house full of pets, but right now a dog is enough pet for me. He’s pretty high maintenance, so I think we are going to keep it at one for now 🙂

  2. I love saltwater aquariums but I’ve never been brave enough to attempt one. We would need to opt for the easier fresh water version.

  3. My son in law has a small freshwater aquarium. It’s so much easier to manage than a saltwater aquarium.

  4. This is great advice. I’d definitely have to do a lot of research before picking out a pet like that. They all seem to have very specific needs.

  5. The Finding Dory is indeed a great movie for kids and it will indeed trigger the want in kids for a fish. It really is important for parents to research before getting any pet. A gold fish may be a great starter fish. Thanks for sharing the information.

  6. We are a pet free home right now. My daughter wanted a dog but recently changed her mind after meeting a really big dog.

    We’ve tried fish and that lasted a bit.

  7. We used to have a saltwater tank but the upkeep took a bit more time than I had available. We now have dalmatian mollies in a freshwater tank and my son loves them.

  8. I always wanted a saltwater tank but they are major upkeep! I grew up with fresh water tanks, and although the fish weren’t as colorful as the saltwater ones, they were really pretty!

  9. It’s really a lot of work to properly take care of a pet. I think people need to really think about the lifetime commitment before getting a pet but these tips will help them make an informed decision.

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