Gave in and got my little girl a beta fish. We've had it a week, now my living room smells like a cat box. Of course the smell goes away after the fish bowl is clean but now I realize that I am going to have to clean the bowl once a week and have read that these fish (all fish) can get bacterial infections, parasites, fungus etc. I am just getting healthy and now wonder if having any type of animal/fish pet is a bad idea. I just wasnt thinking, that little fish looked quite harmless and so simple.