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Old 12-06-2010, 08:49 PM
 
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For me fishkeeping is a hobby, and while I have had a couple of fish for more than 7 years I don't consider them pets. How do do think about fishkeeping?
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:42 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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my fish are both a hobby and pets...
i have cichlids so unlike many fish in the hobby these guys actually recognize me, i walk into a room they swim to the glass to see me, they "play" chase with my fingers, if i open the lid of the tank and put my fingers in they swim brushing against them, they actually truly seem to enjoy interaction with me which in my mind is what makes them pets.
our koi are the same way, even if theres no food they are very interested and quite interactive...

however in years of having normal tropical community tanks those were more a hobby, they showed no interest in the world outside their glass box, or in anything unless there was food involved.
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Old 12-13-2010, 06:05 AM
 
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To me they are a hobby, no much interraction with fish. I have both freshwater/liveplants and saltwater/corals. I treat them as hobbies.
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Pets mainly...

We had beautiful Discus and Angels (80 gallon tank), they would follow me around in the tank if I was walking around the living room. I used to hand feed them all and they all seemed to have their own little characters
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Old 01-01-2011, 06:42 PM
 
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I think of them more as pets. My husband got into fish when taking a fish anatomy class. At first it was a hobby, but now these fish really know him and beg for feedings. He has both fresh and salt. I find the salt very personal and we have named most of them. I was just taking some pics the other night, and these fish were showing off for the camera.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:51 PM
 
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I think it is a hobby...
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Old 01-13-2011, 02:04 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I agree with some other posts. At first, it started out as a "hobby" or novelty thing for me. Then I had this tough little Beta. His name was Bob and he lived for 5 full years!!! He survived numerous moves, cold temperatures (on accident!) and a garbage disposal mis-hap. No, it wasn't on and that was his fault. He finally died of old age and I buried him next to the house in a flower bed. He was way to good to be flushed down the toilet. I think he lived so long because I always kept his little tank clean and I used distilled bottled water. So eventually he became my pet and I got attached to him. I was so stupid and didn't take any pictures of him. By the time he died he looked pretty beat up and one fin didn't even work anymore.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:34 AM
 
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There is so much involved in keeping fish, it was a hobby for me. Although each one had a name.
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Some are pets. If an owner names a fish, it is a pet.

I am always amazed by the fact that fish often do not receive credit for being animals. Few care when there is a mass die off.

The difference is that they breathe with gills instead of lungs. They swim instead of walk. Their internal organs and digestive tract is very similar.
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Old 01-18-2011, 05:38 AM
 
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Some are pets. If an owner names a fish, it is a pet.

I am always amazed by the fact that fish often do not receive credit for being animals. Few care when there is a mass die off.

The difference is that they breathe with gills instead of lungs. They swim instead of walk. Their internal organs and digestive tract is very similar.
I would even go so far as to say if an owner feeds something it is a pet. Of course some people don't even feed their fish. I have a neighbor who laughs at how many fish her young son kills because he never feeds them. She actually laughed recently and said, "it is so funny!" I tried to tell her it was cruel but she said, "they are only fish!"

I have several fish tanks and a pond full of goldfish, all are pets as I take care of them all. I'm sad if one dies. It's a hobby, but they are still pets as they require my care and will die without it.
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