Fish Make The Greatest Pets
Arenâ€™t the children always begging for a pet or another pet?
You donâ€™t want a cat â€“ thereâ€™s that whole litter box thing. You donâ€™t want to train a puppy, plus what about when you want to go away for the night? Birds make such a mess and can be quite noisy. And then thereâ€™s those â€œrodentâ€ things.
When we found out we were expecting our first child we decided to decorate the nursery in tropical fish decor. Then we thought a fish tank in the room would be perfect for the â€œwhite noiseâ€ and for a nice little night light. So we bought a 10 gallon tank set that cost about $40 for everything but the fish. We had no clue about caring for fish, so we only got a few fancy guppies that were about $3 each. How cheap!!
Who knew weâ€™d become addicted? Well, me anyways. We learned that guppies are live bearers, meaning that they have â€œliveâ€ babies instead of laying eggs and they can be all sorts of pretty colors. Needless to say, we learned a few things about raising guppies and havenâ€™t spent any more money buying fish (well, except for a few more different colored guppies and a bigger tank to start breeding our own)!
Fish are so easy to take care of and are rather inexpensive to keep. We clean out their tank a little bit each month and spend about $2 on food for them that lasts about 3 months. The kids all love the guppies â€“ their pretty colors and especially watching the babies grow. I love the guppies because theyâ€™re cheap, relaxing, neat, quiet and they teach the children about responsibility with having a pet.
So before you jump down their throats about not having a pet, tell the kids to consider some guppies. If youâ€™re looking to do some more research on them, check out www.guppies.com . There are plenty of tips and people there that are willing to answer all of your questions.
Jennifer is the owner of http://www.MomOnABudget.com, a resource for money saving tips and ideas, quick and easy recipes, how to decorate on a budget, work at home ideas and so much more.
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