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The other day, my son walked up to us and asked for the one thing I had been dreading since becoming a parent…a chameleon. (Other than a recorder, of course.) Don’t get me wrong, I love having dogs and other four-legged pets but rodents, lizards, and fish? Totally not my thing, but like all parents, I was ready to jump in the car and head to PetSmart the second my kid showed passion for something other than superheroes!
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Fish Feeding Responsibility Chart!
Here Fishy, Fishy!
After a bit of research on caring for chameleons, we thought it would be better to start off with smaller, less complicated animals. A small fish tank seemed like the perfect idea and lucky for us, we found a ton of basic options available at PetSmart just up the street. Like I mentioned above, I have absolutely zero experience with caring for fish so I was beyond thankful when a PetSmart employee gave me her undivided attention while answering my extremely long list of questions.
PetSmart seriously made it so easy! We were able to buy a tank, acclimate the water for a couple days, and then take it back to the store to test before getting the actual fish. Because, you know, fish going belly up the second they touch improperly balanced water…definitely not the learning experience I was going for!
Fishy & Freckles
So, we are now the proud owners of two little Sunburst Platies named Fishy and Freckles. It seems like a big tank to only have two tiny fish but another really helpful sales associate at PetSmart (who had a 125-gallon-sized tank and you could tell, totally LOVED fish) recommended this set-up to begin with. He also showed us a few other options that, if my son continues to enjoy fish, we could eventually upgrade to. I’m totally voting the Roman ruins for our next tank!
Closet Fish Person
The funny thing is that, out of everyone, I’ve probably spent the most time enjoying our new fish. There’s just something so sweet and peaceful about watching them swim around. Plus, I’m totally digging the bright crazy colors of accessories my son picked. They really “pop” when the LED light is turned on! So, as with most parenting opportunities, what began as a lesson for my kids actually became insight into who I was as an individual. Who knows? I just might consider a chameleon next…maybe.
I created this Fish Feeding Responsibility Chart to help my son remember to feed his new fish and thought you guys might enjoy it too! Just print off the chart page and use your own stickers or the page of stickers I’ve included (print on sticker paper and either cut by hand or with a machine) to mark off each day they remember their responsibility. I’m hoping that eventually it’ll just be a habit to feed the fish and my son won’t need the chart anymore. Either way, we’re super happy to have Fishy and Freckles join our family!