Philosophy of Fish Bowls?
During their first few years in the hobby many aquarists grow to like bigger aquariums, and distain fish bowls. They exalt,
"Bigger is Better!", and they are critical of small aquariums and fish bowls. They say that fish bowls are cruel and not fit for any fish. But this is not true.
We have had Bettas live long and successful lives in fish bowls. So if you'd like to start with a fish bowl, don't be intimidated into thinking something is wrong
with fish bowls.
One day I got a particularly strident and overbearing email from C.C., a self-proclaimed "animal lover", who decried all fish bowls. We exchanged several
emails, and I learned that C.C. had started in the fish hobby about 2 years before with a fish bowl and had made lots of mistakes mostly due to a lack of information.
C.C. replaced the fish bowl with an aquarium, and then a bigger aquarium, and finally with a 60-gallon aquarium. Now C.C. advocated nothing smaller than 60-gallon
aquariums for everyone who keeps fish.
C.C. was well intentioned, I believe, but misguided. Many people don't want a 60-gallon aquarium. They don't have the space, or the time, or the money. But they
would like to try a fish bowl.
We hope they won't get a tiny 1-quart bowl. That is too small. Get at least a 1-gallon bowl like the one sold
in most stores that sell
pet fish, or even better the 1.5-gallon fish bowl
available from us.
Bigger is not always better. I've noticed that many of the really experienced aquarists, the people who have kept fish for 20 or 30 years and longer, keep fish in
fish bowls and small aquariums. They may have big aquariums too, but they eventually come to enjoy all sizes of fish homes.
Many people's lives would be enriched with a nice simple fish bowl with some useful information about how to take care of it, and that is what we're trying to