DS started asking for an aquarium a couple of years ago, and we told him that he had to wait until he was at least 4yo and big enough to help take care of it even if the "help" was minimal (ex. understanding how much/little to feed and helping feed the fish daily). Well, he's 4yo and definitely remembers that this is the magic aquarium age, of course, so I started looking into it.
I had remembered freshwater aquariums being fairly easy when I was a kid, but of course, now I'm realizing how much work they were for my mom. Ugh! I'm not that excited about this little endeavor. Is there an easy to maintain pet that would be a good alternative? Maybe a terrarium (frogs/crabs)? Is a freshwater aquarium really as much work as it looks like? Are cold water fish easier to care for? We already have a dog (and don't want another one) and outdoor/barn cats (and don't want any indoor cats).