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Yeah, Betta fish.

You might want to pick one up for your kid for Christmas, a birthday, or just for a pet. You know, instead of a puppy.  Our 6 yr old wanted a fish. I wanted him to have a fish too.

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I thought he might learn some responsibility.

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Why Betta Fish make good pets for kids.

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 three days for the first fish; then, the other passed on to better seas not long thereafter.

Next attempt, the Betta. Some Betta fish are beautiful! I found a couple at a real pet store and got one for each of our boys. Of course Betta’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).

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I do keep them separated…but I’ll admit, the last time time I was cleaning out their fish tanks I wondered what a Betta Fish fight would look like. I was tempted to put them in the same dish to witness it firsthand. Don’t worry, I didn’t 😉

Why Beta Fish make good pets for kids.

This Beta fish, not so pretty.

So, why do I think Betta Fish make good pets ? Well, I can tell you it isn’t because they automatically guarantee to teach “responsibility”. That’s the parent’s responsibility. There are books on how to care for Betta Fish available, too.

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Here’s what I like about Betta fish.

  • Betta fish are more interesting to look at. Some are kinda pretty-at least compared to goldfish.
  • Bettas somehow manage to keep their tanks pretty clean, longer than the goldfish did. Way longer! This translates into less tank cleaning for mom.
  • The fact that Betta fish are pretty hardy fish make them a good pet for kids, too. 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. (But you might want this for an office desk set up.)
  • Our Betta fish 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 them. 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- however, you may want to spend more on a really nice looking tank or one with a filter.