Yeah, Beta fish. You might want to pick one up for your kid for Christmas. You know, instead of a puppy.

Our 6 yr old wanted a fish. I wanted him to have a fish too. I thought he might learn some responsibility.

Earlier this year I picked up a couple goldfish at Walmart and they didn’t last very long. We might have gotten a few days- maybe 3 for the first fish and then the other passed on to better seas not long thereafter.

Next attempt, the Beta. I found a couple at a real pet store and got one for each of our boys. Of course Beta’s have to be separated or they’ll fight- so I’m told. I have seen the bully-like-stare that seems to happen when they meet fish to fish (their tanks are side by side). I do keep them separated…but I’ll admit, the last time time  I was cleaning out their tanks I wondered what a Beta fight would look like. I was tempted to put them in the same dish to witness it firsthand. Don’t worry, I didn’t 😉

So, why do I think Beta’s make good pets ? Well, I can tell you it isn’t because they automatically guarantee to teach “responsibility”. {Thats the parent’s responsibility.}  But here’s what I like about  Beta fish.

  • They’re more interesting to look at. Some are kinda pretty-at least compared to goldfish.
  • They themselves somehow manage to keep their  tanks pretty clean- longer than the goldfish did. Way longer! {This translates into less tank cleaning for mom.}
  • They’re pretty hardy fish- so far ours have lasted since Sept 30th in a tap water tank (no filter). And I don’t boil the water first. I try to do a somewhat lukewarm/cool tap water.
  • They have personality. I don’t know if they all do or if we just got *ahem, lucky? They seem to look at us when its time to feed. Its our cue to question, who fed the fish last and when. Kinda weird maybe, but its entertaining. Makes them a bit more part of the family I think.

And, that about sums it up.

  • Oh wait, one more! They’re cheap and easy to care for 😉  .  Now I’m done!
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Tracy Zdelar

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In addition to writing here at her blog,, Tracy also owns and writes at Homeschooling her boys, a niece, teaching high school psychology at their homeschool co-op and hosting a Homeschool Lego Club ensures there is little time for boredom for this mom! Tracy loves Jesus, her family, and good coffee.