Best desktop fish?


macrumors 68040
Original poster
Im talking about the real kind, not a screensaver or anything! Though, it will sit next to my computer. :p

Im thinking a betta fish, in a bowl with some nice water borne plant. Ideas? It seems like their pretty low maintenance little critters... Anybody have experience with them? How do they tolerate temp. differences? It can get pretty hot in my room (no A/C after the last electric bill!)



macrumors 68020
Jun 13, 2005
We had a betta fish for a while -- then we were moving and the dog climbed into the front seat and stepped into the bowl and onto the fish.

He (the fish) went kinda neurologic after that -- died a couple of days later.


Anyway, easy to care for (if you're dog isn't stepping on it), low maintenance fish. I can't imagine the temp. difference in your room is going to impact the temperature of the water that significantly? This link says to maintain a temp. of 65-75 F, but other stuff I've read says to maintain at 80 F.


macrumors 68000
Nov 11, 2004
Another vote for Bettas , they are really low maintainance, small tank is actually better for them ie under a gallon...
dont mix with other fish...

Gold fish are good too, not the feeder variaty but the fancy have to clean tank pretty often though .


macrumors 68040
Original poster
How often does the [rather small] tank get dirty with bettas?

Also, it easily gets ~80º+ in my room during the second half of the summer (like I said, after I see the electric bill for the first half :eek: ) so if the water were to reach ~90º I may have an upside down betta fish...