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12 Reasons You Really Need a Pet Goldfish in Your Life

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By Lindsey Stanton

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Thinking about getting a goldfish? Great! You have no idea what you’re in for. While they aren’t perfect (what pet is?), out of all the kinds of pets you can have, a goldfish has got to be one of the BEST.

Here’s my take on what I’ve discovered during my years of keeping goldfish as pets. Keep on reading to find out!

Unique Advantages of Having a Pet Goldfish

Do goldfish make good pets? I think so! And I’m not alone.

To prove it, these are just SOME of the reasons you’ll enjoy the goldfish experience!

1. Come in a huge variety of colors & styles

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There’s something for everyone in the world of goldfish.

Thanks to heavy selective breeding, all kinds of beautiful and unusual color patterns, scale types, and body shapes are possible in the goldfish world!

Whether you like the stocky-bodied, long-finned fancy kind or the fast, athletic slim-bodied fish—there’s a goldfish that’s perfect for your personality!

2. Make quiet pets

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Annoyed by obnoxious barking or incessant, irritating meows? A fish is as quiet as it gets.

Seriously, the only noise you’ll ever be bothered by will be from your equipment (if you choose loud equipment). This means they are fantastic for an office, bedroom, or living room.

3. Can grow to the size of their tank

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You heard it right, folks. Goldfish actually CAN grow to the size of their tank. So, if you’re short on space or can’t afford a big fish tank, that doesn’t mean you have to head over to the tropical fish isle.

Now, if your goldfish is already big, it will obviously need more swimming space.

But if you start out with a young fish, they can do quite well in a smaller area thanks to their ability to grow to the size of their environment.

4. Get along well with each other

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In general (not speaking to spawning season here), goldfish get along GREAT with other goldfish. There are even some people who keep peaceful tanks comprised of certain tropical and goldfish.

Not all fish make good tank mates for goldfish, so research is required before pairing certain species.

But goldfish are a fantastic community fish, especially when kept with those of their own kind.

5. Are one of the least expensive pets

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While the yearly price of owning a dog, cat, or *gasp* horse will be enough to make your jaw drop, a cute little pet goldfish won’t break the bank.

For under $50, you can keep a pet that can bring you years of enjoyment without a ton of financial investment.

6. Can live a very long time

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It’s true: goldfish have a reputation for being short-lived for a reason.

But it’s not really their fault. By the time you bring them home, they’ve been through an extreme amount of stress. So most don’t survive.

BUT sometimes they do, and when they do, they can stick around for decades!

20–30 years is considered long-lived, but some even make it into their 40’s.

7. Can be easy to maintain

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If you can set aside 20 minutes each week, you can keep a fish.

Honestly, you don’t have to count feeding time if you use an automatic aquarium feeder.

If you really know what you’re doing, you might be lucky enough to set up a no-maintenance tank that requires 0 water changes or cleaning.

Neat, right?

Less work than taking Fido for a walk every day or breaking your back cleaning the litter box.

If you're new to the world of goldfish or are an experienced goldfish keeper that loves to learn more, we recommend you check out our best-selling book, The Truth About Goldfish, on Amazon.

From diagnosing illnesses and providing correct treatments to ensuring your goldies are happy with their setup and your maintenance, this book brings our blog to life in color and will help you to be the best goldfishkeeper you can be. 

8. Don’t do a lot of annoying things

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Let’s face it: we love our furry friends, but they can be a bit ornery.

Here’s a list of destructive/annoying/stupid things a goldfish will NEVER do:

  • Shred, chew, or destroy furniture
  • Soil carpet
  • Require you to let them outside every day to walk and go to the bathroom
  • Get Animal Control knocking on your door
  • Create a dirty, smelly litterbox
  • Bite/scratch people or hurt small children
  • Require expensive spay/neuter procedures
  • Eat you out of house and home
  • Get stuck in a tree
  • Make lots of loud sounds that annoy the neighbors
  • Run away from home
  • Shed all over
  • Demand frequent attention
  • Do embarrassing things in front of guests & spectators
  • Wake you up in the night or too early
  • etc.

9. You will learn a lot

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Get this: you won’t believe how educational keeping goldfish will be!

There is SO much to learn. Even after all this time of keeping goldfish and researching, I’m STILL learning new things

They’re a fascinating learning tool for children, too. Children can learn responsibility when you teach them how to care for their pets.

10. They will capture your heart, full of personality

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So many people are really surprised when they learn how full of character their little goldfish friends really are.

This leads to some pretty deep emotional attachment. Yes, if you have a heart, you will feel the loss when they pass.

But you will also enjoy lots of happy times with them where they make you smile. No two fish are the same, and each has its own personality quirks.

11. Companionship

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It goes without saying that a goldfish is a faithful little friend. They’re there to greet you when you come home.

They’ll always be happy to see you. And they’ll give you a little company, which is great if you live alone or don’t have many friends.

12. Beautiful slice of nature in your home

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This goes without saying: having a goldfish means it will have to have a place to live.

But that’s a big part of the fun!

You get to decorate their home however you please, and you can even create a little slice of nature with live plants to be a relaxing underwater garden if you like.

Did I mention watching your aquarium is so relaxing?

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Final Thoughts

Keeping goldfish is rewarding, relaxing, and a fun pastime. But more than that, they make fantastic pets.

Oh, I forgot to mention a warning:

They are like potato chips. You can’t have just one once you get the “goldfish bug.”

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