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:
“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.
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
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!