Posted by Tim Stobbs on September 5, 2007
I’ve embarked on a new journey last night in which two new beings are now under my care. They depend on me and I’ll do my best not to kill them by accident and then have to send them on to that great white place in the bathroom. Yes, we bought fish.
I find myself curious about this relationship as I’ve never owned a pet in my life until now. I understand the basics of the contract. I, the owner, will provide clean water, food, light (when required) and will change your tank filter at least once a month. In exchange, the fish shall provide in house swimming lessons for those with fins and will stare at me with those funny eyes.
My wife is trying to assure me that they won’t cost too much. Perhaps $10/month is her estimate. I think perhaps she is heavily underestimating the cost of the power. After all I’ve got a 100W heater in the tank which is like adding over 7 compact fluorescent lights to the house which runs about half the time (which should cost about $3.38/month – don’t you just love power calculator from your utility company) and a filter pump that is running all the time (no wattage rating, so I’m guessing about the same as the heater). Plus a light in the tank. So I would guess the cost will likely be around $15 to $20/month plus my time for maintenance.
Overall I’m willing to pay the costs since I’m curious about this entire having a pet thing. The kid currently finds the new arrivals entertaining, but I’m not sure how long this will last. I’ll keep you posted. By the way, how much do other pets cost a month? I would imagine a dog or cat would have a higher average cost just by the amount of food eaten. Thanks for your feedback.