- Look at it closely. What is its shape? Behavior? Color? Size? Does it have any special or unique features? For example, a fish might have a red dot on its tail.
- Brainstorm. It might help to write down the thoughts you had when looking at the fish, then write down everything related to those words/thoughts that come to mind. Be creative!
- Tell someone else, or write down the new name. You don't want to go back to "fishy" after all that work coming up with one.
- Make sure to come up with a name that really suits your fish. What made you pick this fish out of all the others? Does it have any distinctive qualities or behaviours that sets it apart from other fish just like it?
- If your fish is a certain breed, give it a name that's close to the name of its breed. For example, if your fish is a butterfly fish, try calling it something like Butter.
- Make up a birth certificate and see how it looks.
- Ask friends and family for ideas. Ask them, what is the first thing they think when they see your fish.
- For example, if you have a clown fish, you could name it Ron like Ronald McDonald the clown.
- For a Betta fish, you could name her Skylar, and call her Skye (like the blue sky).
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- Can you give any name suggestions?
For a goldfish: Bubbles, Goldscales, Popeye, or Flash. Bettas: Crown, King, Rainbow, Simon, or Marsly. Small Tropical Fish: Marvin, Sally, Bloom, Zip, Zigzag, or Stripes. Other coldwater fish: Guy, Blink, or Shine. Just look at your fish for a while, and something should come to you.
- Do fish sleep with eyes closed?
Fish do not "sleep" like humans or other animals; they may rest briefly, but they do not have eyelids.
- How can I come up with an original name for a striped fish?
To come up with an original name, ask your family and friends what a common name for a striped fish might be, and then name your fish something else.
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