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Dive Into Fish Sitting

May/June 2010

Topics: Business-of-Pet-Sitting

The phone rings and a customer requests reservations to sit their puppy while they are on vacation. “Oh yeah, and would you take care of my fish, too?”

 

You think to yourself, “Pet sit fish? It has to be pretty simple – just toss in some food and make sure there is water in the tank. Right?”

 

Well, it can be that simple, but unfortunately fish sitting is not comparable to taking care of other animals. Unlike cats, birds, dogs or other animals, fish are in their own enclosed little ecosystems, and they cannot whine nor whimper to let you know when something is wrong. But with a little practice and this guide, it should help to make your job as a fish nanny much easier.

 

From saltwater to freshwater, big and small, fish make fun and entertaining pets. According to the 2009/2010 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey, fish owners reported that the top benefits to ownership were:

  • Fish have a pleasing appearance and are fun to watch.
  • It’s relaxing/stress relieving to watch fish.

It’s no wonder that fish ownership in the United States is on the rise. The APPA reports that 14+ million U.S. households are home to more than 180 million pet fish!

 

“Dive into Fish Sitting” is coming in the May/June 2010 issue of Pet Sitter’s WORLD. Saltwater and tropical freshwater fish require very different levels of care. This article outlines the basics of both types of aquarium systems. From temperature to water quality and chemistry, from nutrition to common health issues, learn the basics of fish sitting.

 

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