Do goldfish make good pets and is naming them going to far?

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  1. Charlu profile image79
    Charluposted 7 years ago

    Do goldfish make good pets and is naming them going to far?

  2. daisydayz profile image85
    daisydayzposted 7 years ago

    I have 2 fan tails which I have had for nearly 6 years now and I'm not sure you can really say they make good pets as they don't really do a huge amount and you can't really interact with them. But that being said they are beautiful, interesting creatures and I find them very relaxing to watch. They are in a glass tank in my office as I thin they make for a calming environment. I think if they are a first 'pet' for a child they are a good idea, as it will teach them to look after animals without costing you a fortune.

    I don't think there is anything wrong with naming them, unless you have loads in a massive tank! Then it's just hard to work out which is which anyway! As I only have 2, and one is black and one is gold, its nice and easy to know which is which. They are called Dolly and Ozzy after my fav and my hubby's fav musicians.

  3. teaches12345 profile image94
    teaches12345posted 7 years ago

    I think they are pretty to look at and a very calming to watch as they swim. They can live a pretty long time if well taken care of and so I would say naming them is ok.  I had goldfish in my childhood home all the time.  My sisters and I were responsbie for feeding them and cleaning the bowl, which made it a good lesson on taking care of pets.

  4. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image59
    Dubuquedogtrainerposted 7 years ago

    Goldfish are a good alternative for pets when someone doesn't have a lot of money but likes living things and wants to take care of something and have a pet. Goldfish are a good alternative for children to learn about responsible pet care. No, I do not think it is taking it too far to give the goldfish names. They are pets, after all. Having a name makes the pet more than a fish; it gives the goldfish value which is a good lesson for children. It is good for people to care about a living thing, even if it is just a goldfish.

  5. wychic profile image88
    wychicposted 7 years ago

    They make excellent pets -- they're calming, work well for people who don't have a lot of time to devote to socializing, and they can be quite entertaining to watch. I don't think naming them is going too far...after all, their average lifespan runs anywhere from 15 years for the fancies, to 30 years for commons and comets, to 50 years for a good koi. Why wouldn't you name a living thing that could be with you a lot longer than a dog or cat? … -of-Comets

  6. duffsmom profile image59
    duffsmomposted 7 years ago

    Fish and fish tank are great projects and can be good pets.  There is something very soothing about watching fish swim in a pretty aquarium.  I don't think naming fish is going to far is that is what a person wants to do - go for it.

  7. Sherry Hewins profile image95
    Sherry Hewinsposted 7 years ago

    I have a goldfish tank and a tropical fish tank, in addition to dogs and cats. I love to watch my fish, it's very soothing. I do get somewhat attached to them, not as personal an attachment as the dogs and cats of course. But I don't name my fish. I think people who have them as their only pets are more apt to.


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