If your child is pestering you for a pet but you don't really want the responsibility of caring for a puppy or a kitten, perhaps a fish (or some fish) is a good compromise.
Most Popular Starter Fish
Where to Start?
Here are the top three most popular fish for children.
3. The Platy
Live-bearing and sturdy, this fish comes in many varieties. The platy is considered one of the top beginner fish. They can be kept in a smaller tank than the swordtail, but they like to have friends, and are friendly and active. Pop some plants in the water and they're good to go. They eat fish flakes and, like all live-bearing fish, are omnivorous.
2. The Swordtail
Another live-bearing fish, the swordfish loves to swim in all areas of a tank. It enjoys plants in their living environment to frolic in and requires plenty of room to move about. The swordfish is similar in shape to both the guppy and the platy, but is the huskiest of the three. Additionally, swordtails come in many different colors, and will quickly liven up a drab children's room.
1. The Fancy Guppy
Also known as the guppy and the millionsfish, this live-bearing creature loves to live in groups and is most adaptable -- able to live in various tank conditions, including brackish water. The guppy comes in lots of colors and also loves to play amongst the plants.
So there you have it, either choose one type of fish or fill your aquarium with many of the fish listed above. Once properly informed in the manners of a fish, your child will be ruler over his own watery kingdom.
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