We are still apartment dwellers, so of course our first pet is pretty simple... We liked this fish bowl because it is more space efficient: it hangs on the wall above our dining room table (is it gross to try to eat while staring at a fish scuttling around above your head?) The name of our pretty rainbow betta: Yu Yu. Yeah, creative (it is the Chinese word for "fish.") Lo Lo calls him "mu mu" which is his sound for a fish, done by moving his lips in a fishy type of bubble blowing way.
Lo and I stare at the fish a hundred times a day, and he always begs to feed it by signing "food" then saying "mu mu" followed by frantic pointing at the fish food/fish/table that he wants to stand on.
The evening we brought home our fish, Lo Lo had a friend over and was SO ECSTATIC to show his friend the new addition to our home. Pretty cute. I have always been a big believer in pets and the joy they can add to a family.