In the beginning research phase, I wanted to figure out what specific signs we can look at to track if a fish is happy or not. There were 4 big signs that I was able to find that can determine if a fish is happy.
The time the fish swims to eat its food from when you drop it in the tank determines their happiness. The faster the time, the more energetic and healthier the fish is.
Proper temperature levels create a comfortable environment.
A clean tank will keep a good amount of oxygen allowing a fish to be healthier.
Like temperature, proper pH creates a comfortable environment.
LIFE EXPECTANCY FOR COMMON FRESHWATER FISH
Goldfish ......... 10-30 years
Bettas ......... 2-5 years
Guppy ......... 3-5 years
Angel Fish ......... 10 years
Rainbow Fish ......... 10 years
Koi Fish ......... 25-35 years
Sword Tails ......... 3-5 years
8 years as fish owner
4 months as a fish owner
The interview process was a gateway to hear from everyday fish owners and to collect data from their experiences.
1. What kind of fish did you own?
2. How long did it live for?
3. If it died, what was the reason for its death?
After interviewing 8 participants, the most common trend for reasons why their fish died was due to overfeeding and changes in water. The chart below shows the comparison of the length the fish are expected to live and how long the fish actually lived.