Over 12.5 million households keep freshwater fish in the US, they account for the largest proportion of pets owned across America, and it’s no surprise that they are the top choice of pet.
Most of the species that we’ll look at here are easy to care for, they bring beauty and color to your homes and they are very relaxing to watch.
Keeping freshwater fish also has many health benefits such as reducing stress and lowering your blood pressure and heart rate.
With all that said, most people who start off in the fishkeeping hobby, get hooked very quickly mainly because fish are so beautiful to watch and many have characteristics and personalities all of their own.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at the most popular species available in the freshwater aquarium industry today.
1. Neon Tetra
Neon Tetras are a small, easy to care for species. This popular aquarium species is often one of the first fish a beginner aquarist will buy.
They reach around 2.2cm in length, and like to be kept in groups. They are a great choice for small community aquariums due to their peaceful temperament.
Meijer, an American supercenter chain, continues to sell live fish as “pets,” even after hearing from PETA that fish always suffer in the pet trade.
PETA’s investigations into the pet industry have uncovered appalling neglect of fish even before they reach stores. They’re confined individually to cramped bags that are stuffed into boxes stacked up high in massive wholesale warehouses. Many fish die before and during transport to retailers, which can take days, as they’re shipped all over the world. In addition, they’re often starved for several days during transport. Industry insiders have confirmed that this system is common practice for some retailers.
Many people who buy fish as “pets” are unaware of and unprepared to give them what they need to survive and thrive, such as a regularly cleaned and very large tank with many gallons of water, a filtration system, temperature-controlled water, enrichment—such as caves and live plants—and the companionship of other fish. The lack of these necessities often leads to physical and psychological suffering and death. Time and again, people discard or neglect the fish when their novelty wears off.
Fish are sensitive and intelligent individuals, and experts have determined unequivocally that aquatic animals, including fish, are
We can keep a variety of animals as pets. Pet a dog, a cat, birds, or even fish. Domestic animals give us great company in a lonely home. Sometimes, they become so precious to us that they become a part of the family. They complete the family. Fortunately, every year an increasing number of people are getting interested in adopting a pet. This shows how we are growing in the direction of animal care.
Benefits of fish as pets
Talking about fish, they make one of the most beautiful pets. Keeping a pet is a responsibility, and so is the case with fish. One who keeps fish as per much get their tank/aquarium cleaned regularly. Keeping fish as pets has many benefits. One such benefit is that watching fish swim calmly in the water can make a person feel relaxed. Relaxation or the reduced amount of stress has been linked to various physiological benefits such as controlled blood pressure, decreased chances of heart rate abnormalities, less anxiety, improved productivity, and increased calmness.
Fish for your tank
One can keep a variety of from she’s as pets. The electric blue jack dempsey makes fabulous fish for the aquarium.
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