Why You Should Own a Goldfish

Everyone likes to own a pet. From dog lovers to cat lovers to snake lovers, there is a pet for everyone. While everyone wants to own a pet, a lot of people don't have the time or skill to take care of them. Dogs, cats, and birds require a lot of love and attention that some people just don't have. For people who want a pet but don't have time, a goldfish is the perfect choice for you.

Goldfish care and maintenance is perhaps least time consuming and demanding of all pets. No grooming, no training, no walking- just clean a bowl and drop in some food. They make for useful pets for people who are looking for a simple lifestyle or are too busy to take care of a dog or cat. Feeding goldfish is not bothersome either and takes only a few minutes to put in some flakes and pellets in the bowl.

Despite not being able to give much feedback or emotions, gold fish are still fun and relaxing to watch. Some gold fish can also learn to respond to sounds and signals and come swimming to you for feeding treats. Goldfish can be a pleasure to watch while they swim around the aquarium aimlessly strutting around in their brightly and fascinatingly colorful hide.

Very commonly considered an ideal pet for small children, goldfish come across as pets that are endearing and affectionate, easy to care and maintain for and a delight to watch, particularly for those who have never had the opportunity to care for a living creature before. They are easy pets and simply require their bowls to be cleaned every few weeks, which is much simpler than a dog or cat. These fish are perfect for those with little time on their hands and should be considered by all people. They make for a pretty and soothing addition to any home.


  1. Yes goldfish are pretty easy to take care of. Much easier and less demand then dogs, cats and other pets. Aquariums in homes look amazing and goldfish do make great pets for kids. If you think of the time and demand that other pets require I agree goldfish makes an excellent choice for a pet.

    Great goldfish blog!


    Jamie Boyle
    The Goldfish Guy

  2. Goldfish can grow to be over a foot long, weigh over 5 pounds, and live over 15 years (with the oldest recorded goldfish being almost 50). A single fancy goldfish requires a 20 gallon tank, with an extra 10 gallons for each additional fish. A single common goldfish grows even larger and needs 75 gallons each. They also produce an immense amount of waste, the most compared to any other fish the same size, and require a filter rated for double the size of the tank they are in. Living in a bowl a goldfish's waste will quickly build up to toxic levels unless given water changes every single day. Even so, the goldfish will be severely stunted and, though their body will not appear to grow, their interior organs will continue doing so. Eventually their organs will outgrow their bodies and completely shut down in a very slow and excruciating process.

    Goldfish are not the simple beginner's bowl fish they are so often portrayed as. In fact, not even the betta, commonly believed able to thrive in a bowl, should not be put in one. They should be kept in nothing less than a 5 gallon aquarium with a heater and filter. There is no animal alive that should be kept in a bowl, and it saddens me to see a site such as this, which would appear to the casual observer as a well kept informative site, peddling such ill-advised misinformation.

    For those people interested in learning how to properly care for your goldfish please refer to http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=16+1922&aid=2650 for more accurate information.

  3. I actually wouldn't recommend a goldfish bowl, since they're much too small and don't have adequate surface area around the glass to keep the water oxygenated. Goldfish are also very messy and would quickly pollute a small bowl.

    Goldfish require at least 20 gallons of water, with an additional 10 gallons with each added goldfish. As it stands, most bowls don't even hold 10 gallons, let alone 20.

    While goldfish are very hardy and can be easy pets to keep, they do have basic requirements that must be met in order to stay healthy. Otherwise, they won't last to see the 15-year lifespan a healthy goldfish would.