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Pet Talk: Fish can make simple, unique pets

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By Angela Clendenin

Though they may not be fun to play fetch with in the front yard, and can’t curl up with you on the couch after a long day, a fish can still make a wonderful and unique pet.
Fairly easy to care for and pleasing to the eye, there are various species that will make a perfect addition to your home. Whether you choose your finned companion based on size, color, or unique attributes, the next step in proper fish ownership is familiarizing yourself with Nemo’s specific care requirements.
Before bringing your new aquarium fish home, there are some important things to consider. Primarily, you need to keep in mind the size the fish will grow to be, their tolerance of other fish, and their specific water requirements in order to find the perfect aquarium.
“There are two basic types of small aquariums: freshwater (tropical and temperate) and marine (saltwater), which should both be no smaller than 36 liters,” said Caitlin Burrell, a zoological medicine intern at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.


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