What to do with your fish house?
It’s a tricky issue.
If you’re stuck with it, you might be tempted to try and use it as a bed for the next day’s sleep.
Or, maybe you could just throw it in the trash.
But what if the fish is already dead, or you have to clean up the mess that comes with it?
It might be worth it to just throw out the fish’s body, says John Gourley, a marine biologist and a professor of environmental sciences at the University of Florida.
“The question is, is there something else out there that can be put in there that’s more sustainable and less toxic?”
You don’t want to disturb your fish, he says.
But it might not be the best option if you live in a house with many fish.
Gouriell says if you’re considering a fish house, make sure you have some sort of filtration system in place, such as a filter or a plastic bag.
You might want to do this if you have a family of fish that is also living in your backyard.
But if you are just looking for a place to hang out, you could also try a plastic garden hose to keep fish out.
“There are so many other things that could be added to your house that you’re not going to need the fish for,” Gourry says.
You also don’t have to keep the fish in your fishhouse forever.
Gureley says a fishhouse can serve as a home for fish that have died and that are now on their own.
“So if you just have a fish, you can have it for a few years and then move on to something else,” he says, “and maybe that’s a nice fish.”
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