The Best Pet in the World!


Once upon a time I went to a carnival fair, and decided that I wanted a fish, so after attempting, filing, and finally succceeding at throwing a ping pong ball into a bowl of water, I brought home the love of my life: my dear fish, Quesadilla. Quesadilla was the best fish, always there for me in my times of need, just floating and talking to me whenever I needed advice. She/he (fish sex-unknown) always knew how to cheer me up, and we had a friendship that I knew would last forever..

...or so I thought.

On August 4th, 2015, Quesadilla stopped moving. The usual movement in her bowl stopped. There was no more happy swimming in the bowl. There was nobody I could go to for advice. She DIED. Following this heartbreaking death, I held a flushing down the toilet for her, and said goodbye to my companian. While it was heartbreaking, I wouldn't trade any moment that I had with her. She was my pet, a part of my family, and, most importantly, my best friend.

RIP Quesadilla

The History of the Goldfish

The goldfish is a form of wild carp that has been kept by humans as pets since at least 970 A.D., which is the first recorded instance of keeping and breeding them. The Chinese have developed different varieties of goldfish since then, as have the Japanese shortly thereafter. In 1728 the goldfish was first brought to Europe, and since then it has become an important commercial fish for the aquarium hobby, being bred almost everywhere in the world. Koi are a close relative of the goldfish, and with the burgeoning interest in outdoor ponds, both goldfish and koi are in quite heavy demand.The little goldfish that are sold as feeder fish at your local fish store or that you used to get at carnivals and fairs is simply the plain ordinary version of the fish, usually called “comets.” Larger fish stores will usually have some of the more common “fancy” varieties, most of which have round globular bodies, longer veil tails and various body colors. There are some with bulbous eyes called moors, and some with eyes that look upward called celestials. Whatever type of goldfish you keep, maintenance is the same.

The goldfish does not like warm water. This fish can, in fact, be kept outside in ponds that freeze on the surface for the winter as long as there is plenty of water beneath the ice. This fish is perfectly happy at room temperatures, provided it does not get too warm. The goldfish eats quite a lot and makes a mess. Therefore, it must not be crowded, and the tank water should have very efficient filtration and aeration. This fish is not at all particular about the water parameters and will adjust to just about any pH or hardness as long as there is no abrupt change. Requiring a diet very high in vegetable matter, this fish should always have some form of vegetable like zucchini or romaine lettuce, or sacrificial aquarium plants, available for the fish to graze upon. Of final but critical importance: give the goldfish plenty of room — at least two or three times what you would normally give to tropical fish. A good rule of thumb is to allow at least 5 gallons of water per inch goldfish.

Why are Fish make THE BEST pet?

1.Fish are known to have a tranquil, calming effect on anyone who watches them glide serenely through the water.

2. Generally speaking, fish are easier and less expensive to feed and care for than other pets, however, they do require a proper environment and knowledgeable caretakers.

3.Unlike many dogs and other furry and feathered pets, fish don’t develop separation anxiety or destructive behaviors when you leave them alone at home.

4. Fish are quiet -- you never have to worry about a barking or squawking fish upsetting the neighbors or waking a sleeping baby.

5. Fish come in an infinite variety of sizes, shapes and stunning, vibrant colors.

6. Fish don’t need to be walked; they don’t require a litter box; and they’ll never leave a surprise for you on your brand new carpet or the afghan your mother-in-law knitted for you last Christmas.

7. Fish are very clean pets that don’t need to be groomed or have their teeth brushed.

8. Your fish won’t track dirt and mud in from outdoors, or shake litter from his paws all over the house, and he doesn’t shed, slobber or drool.

9. A fish aquarium of any size, as long it’s well maintained, can be a beautiful addition to any room in your home.

10. Some types of fish interact with their owners, are playful, and can even be trained to do tricks.