Whenever pets are mentioned, dogs and cats are the most common association. However, they are not the only type of pets, just the most common. Many families welcome more unusual pets such as ducks, ferrets, or even fish into their lives.
“There are important studies showing the benefits of having a pet fish. Even more so for people who lead a stressful lifestyle with no rest, ”said Selene Ortega Díaz, a private psychologist from Villa Rica University (now UVM) in Boca del Rio, Veracruz. “Fish are the best therapy pets because owners can spend hours focusing on their colors and the way they swim.”
Watching fish swim is relaxing. Many doctor’s offices have aquariums to help patients stay calm. (Biljana Martinic / Unsplash)
“The serenity they transmit can regulate the owner’s blood pressure, especially if they have high blood pressure,” said the specialist. “These pets are the best option to improve their health.”
The variety of fish types, sizes, and colors plays a vital role in grabbing people’s attention. The more fish there are, the more attention they will receive and ensure a greater sense of calm and peace of mind for their owners.
Doctors and dental offices usually have an aquarium for this reason, as they help patients feel relaxed and forget about their stress and anxiety.
But to hold fish, the tank has to be right. Owners need to consider how much their fish can grow, or whether they need cold or tropical water. The latter are very popular for their way of swimming and their colored scales.
“I have some tropical fish,” said Aldo Contreras Uscanga, a lawyer who graduated from Villa Rica University (now UVM). “These are a little pricey, but the way they swim and their colors are worth it.” Whenever I come home from work, I feed her, sit in my rocking chair and watch her for a long time. It’s therapeutic. I forget all work-related stress. The way they swim is hypnotic. “
Fish colors can also be fascinating. (Timothy Dykes / Unsplash)
While such pets offer many health benefits, owners need to know how to properly care for them. You should consider not only the size of the aquarium or the food it needs, but also how much light the fish needs.
Another critical point: only put together species that can coexist in the same aquarium – otherwise they will attack each other.
(Translated and edited by Mario Vázquez. Edited by Fern Siegel)
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