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Fish: The Perfect Pet

This post was sponsored by PetSmart through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about PetSmart, all opinions are my own.

Fish are the perfect pet for busy families.PetSmart is one-stop shopping for all of our supplies.

We aren’t big on pets in our family. It isn’t that we don’t love animals. We really do and we often have outdoor cats around to keep the local mouse population down. But pet pets?  I just don’t have the time or desire to feed and clean up after animals. I do enough of that with my husband and children. Fish, though? They add all of the comfort and enjoyment of a pet and are low-maintenance. Just my type of pet. 

I’ve enjoyed having aquariums for years. My grandparents bought me my first one when I was about eleven. It had an 8-inch algae eater that I named Goliath. That thing was a monster and lived for years. We have enjoyed passing the joy of fish down to our own children. 

Betta fish are a popular pet in Judah's dorm.

Judah even has a Betta named Perseus in his college dorm. 

And none of us will ever forget the time Enoch’s fish died…and he put it in his wallet… 

Tilly has had a five-gallon aquarium in her room for quite a while. I recently moved it into the little boys’ room (she is setting up a larger 10-gallon tank). The aquarium adds a calming white noise, which helps the boys sleep, and they love having their own pets. I love how low maintenance they are.

If you are interested in setting up an aquarium yourself, here are a few tips. Trust me, you want to follow these:

  1. Go to a pet store (we like to shop at PetSmart). I was just in PetSmart last week and the employee there was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. 
  2. Rinse your aquarium, rocks and decorations before adding them to your aquarium. This keeps harmful bacteria and germs out of the tank.
  3. Be sure to treat the water! I buy Top Fin Water Conditioner to make sure the water is just right for our fish.
  4. Get the filtration system up and running. A good filter will keep your aquarium looking clean and clear and will make less work for you. 
  5. Get the heater running (if your tank uses a heater; not all fish need it).
  6. Keep the light on for 8-12 hours per day.
  7. Let your tank run for a couple of days before you add your fish. This helps make sure the ecosystem is established. 

PetSmart offers one-stop shopping for our fish.

*Pro Tip: Make sure the top of your aquarium is well-covered. Once upon a time Enoch had a little shark. And one day the shark disappeared. Out of the tank. I mean, there are only so many places a fish can hide in a ten-gallon aquarium, right? We moved the plants, we looked in the filter. He was gone. Vanished in the night. Until…a few days later when we looked in the cupboard under the fish tank, there we found a dried-up shark. It had somehow managed to jump out of the one small opening in the lid, flop itself across the counter and down a small 2×2 inch hole!



  1. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    LOL… so at first I came here and thought, this is weird. The second post in a day about someone getting a Betta as a pet?! Is God trying to tell me something?! Then I realized that this is a campaign. Too funny.

    Next year for our science homeschool objectives, my daughter will need to care for a small animal. I think a fish is the way to go.

    Thanks for sharing these great tips!

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  2. Suzan Warnes

    I started my children with fish too. However, one of the girls loved her fish too much. She gave the poor thing a massage with hand lotion. I would never advise this form of pampering for a fish.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Oh my goodness! I don’t even know what to say…but that reminds me of the time Judah was showing his fish how scary he was. The fish was in a jar on the counter as I cleaned out the fishbowl. He swung his sword at it and knocked it right off the counter! The poor fish was flopping around, Judah was yelling….and it survived.

  3. Tanya

    Never, ever use any kind of soap to clean anything that will ever touch the fish water. No matter how well you think you will rinse it. Don’t ask me how I know.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Oh man…that’s sad. Yep, we never use soap. When I was about 12 or 13 I had a goldfish. I cleaned the bowl, put in fresh water, and put the fish back in. Within a minute it flopped on it’s side and floated to the top. I yelled for my mom and she figured out the water was way too hot :( But that hearty goldfish survived the experience and I never made that mistake again.

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