With more than 20 million of them as pets in the country, you might be surprised to learn that the humble fish tops the poll of the UK’s most common pets.
It may not be your first thought, but fish shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to choosing an animal companion.
After all, when was the last time a fish dug holes in your garden, woke you up at 6am, chewed the furniture or decided to leave muddy paw prints all over the house?
Fish can be an excellent choice of pet if you have a limited amount of time and space to devote to one.
They are also one of the most therapeutic pets to own – numerous studies and research have shown that watching aquatic goings on can help reduce levels of stress and anxiety.
If you’re thinking of getting fish, always do your research before taking the plunge (please excuse the pun!).
Inside or out?
What kind of fish do you want to keep – tropical freshwater fish, coldwater fish, or perhaps tropical marine fish? Do you want to set up an aquarium inside or add fish to your garden pond?
There are more than 2,000 species of fish that can potentially thrive in an aquarium so do your homework about the kind of fish you would like. There’s lots to consider including how big they will grow, what kind of water they like and whether they can live with other fish.
And don’t forget our pet care advice on how to look after tropical and coldwater fish.