aibu or are fish a crap pet

(51 Posts)
whogrewoutoftheterribletwos Thu 14-Nov-13 17:04:00

For a 7yo? Been thinking about a pet for a while. considered lizards but worried we might kill them. Dh hates cats and a dog is a lot of work if you're lazy like me

Ds suggested fish but imo they're a bit crap then they die. what do other mumsnetters think?

WooWooOwl Thu 14-Nov-13 17:11:46

YABU, I love goldfish! They are so pretty to watch and I love how they recognise they are about to be fed when you stand near their tank and lift the lid.

It's true they don't make a very exciting pet, but then you can't do much with a lizard either.

It depends how much effort you want to put into a pet, and the space you have available. Y

Bettercallsaul1 Thu 14-Nov-13 17:20:10

Not a good pet if you value longevity!

LadyBeagleEyes Thu 14-Nov-13 17:24:31

You can't cuddle them.

SillyTilly123 Thu 14-Nov-13 17:25:46

Goldfish can live for up to 20 years, its usually negligence that kills them. Even tropical fish live ages. Guppies only live 1-2 years but corycats, angelfish etc all live for 5+ years. If you do decide to get fish please read up on the fishless cycle, its not just fill the tank add fish and away you go, theres loads of sciency stuff to look into. (Ph, nitrates, nitrites etc)
A siamese fighter fish may be a good choice for a child. They are beautiful fish but need to be kept solo.

I have just downgraded from a 350 litre tank to a 160 litre as I couldn't maintain the bigger one due to my back and also have a 20 litre with a siamese fighter fish in.

Chivetalking Thu 14-Nov-13 17:27:48

Not as crap as sea monkeys.

At least fish don't sppend their entire lives shagging grin

MuffCakes Thu 14-Nov-13 17:29:06

We have a goldfish, it's the third time we tried them, first lot died, second lot I killed off and this time one died but one has remained alive for about a year now.

I love him everytime I wash the dishes and he sees me he comes over and glob glob globs at me, it's like hes really talking. and I talk back

Shittest of the shittiest pets.

gordyslovesheep Thu 14-Nov-13 17:31:52

we had a goldfish who was lovely - now we have 2 small tropical tanks - they are ace - fish are funny and the kids love them

pigletmania Thu 14-Nov-13 17:32:11

My dd who has ASD loves them so calming

SilverApples Thu 14-Nov-13 17:36:09

DS wants a fish, so he obviously doesn't think they are crap. Perhaps if it's to be his pet, he should get a say in it?
I love them, but we haven't currently got room to set up the tank.

ZombieMojaveWonderer Thu 14-Nov-13 17:42:19

Gold fish are great but most people don't realise that they continually grow and so they die because the tank isn't big enough for them. You may think your gold fish has stopped growing but in actual fact his body may have stopped but his vital organs haven't and so he dies a painful death through his organs being crushed.
I have tropical fish. They are not for my kids. They are a specialist pet and need expertise. They are expensive to set up and take a lot of work. I have had mine forever and love them.
Guineas pigs are great! I have 3 and they are so cute and friendly.

WorraLiberty Thu 14-Nov-13 17:44:06

I had fish

Then I bought a bigger fish

It ate all the smaller fish

Then it died

Yes, they are fucking shit pets << Bitter >>

hooochycoo Thu 14-Nov-13 17:45:59

My goldfish is eighteen. He lives in a little tank. He seems ok.

MuffCakes Thu 14-Nov-13 17:48:40

I thought goldfish don't grow past their tank size?

Stropzilla Thu 14-Nov-13 17:52:29

Fish are great pets. Sadly people think they can just add water. They have no clue about cycling without which the fish generally die. And growing to the tank size is a myth.

WorraLiberty Thu 14-Nov-13 17:55:34

Fish are great pets. Sadly people think they can just add water. They have no clue about cycling without which the fish generally die.

Fuck! Is that why he died? Because I didn't buy him a bike? shock

grin

nitrox Thu 14-Nov-13 17:58:19

I have a big tank with fancy goldfish, they are lovely, but my God have I had to work hard with them...

I had tropical fish years ago and they were so easy in comparison.

Lovely idea with the right tank and the right fish but probably not ideal for a young child.

If the water levels aren't right the fish will die, it's taken me a long time to get my tank right and I've lost a couple of fish along the way unfortunately.

How about a rat? I had rat's as a kid, my mum didn't like the thought of them, but once I had them she came round and grew to love them too, brilliant pets for small children.

nitrox Thu 14-Nov-13 17:58:44

Worra grin

KatoPotato Thu 14-Nov-13 18:01:15

Goldfish are dirty beggars. They shit and shit and shit so you constantly have to clean them out. They can grow huge and shouldn't really be kept in tanks.

Tropical breeds are far easier but I just love my two clown fish and our cleaner shrimp. So easy to care for, partial water changes and they've been going string for 3.5yrs now! Don't be put off by experiences of goldfish...

Stropzilla Thu 14-Nov-13 18:01:39

Lol worra! Yeah he needs a top of the range racer.

If anyone wants to know what I mean Google the nitrogen cycle. Water doesn't have to be perfect at all times but pretty near.

Stropzilla Thu 14-Nov-13 18:03:11

Kato is right tho. Goldfish crap a LOT. Not good aquarium fish unless it's huge. Guppies much easier.

KatoPotato Thu 14-Nov-13 18:03:32

Also never venture onto reef or fish keeping forums. Jeez they take it so seriously and try and outdo each other with martyrdom...

It's piss easy

itscockyfoxagain Thu 14-Nov-13 18:07:01

Fish are more effort than a dog, we had a beautiful tank before the kids but it was massive (over 6ft long) we kept cichlids they were lovely but keeping the water perfect is a lot of work.

WestieMamma Thu 14-Nov-13 18:35:24

I've heard Oscars are a fun fish to have as pets. They are very intelligent and interact with their keepers. They also wreck their tanks if they're bored so you have to give them 'toys' to keep them entertained. My friend used to keep one and he would rearrange all the plants in the tank to his liking but the minute he turned his back the Oscar would move it all back the positions it preferred.

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