Long gone are the days of a lonely goldfish swimming aimlessly in a barren bowl. More people have found that owning fish as pets is as rewarding as owning a dog or cat, with half the hassle. Tanks are getting bigger, and decorations and accessories are becoming more elaborate. But, in the end, fish aren't pets until they have names. And if you're struggling to come up with funny pet names for fish, here are some pointers.
Find Names in Flicks
if you're a fan of the movies, chances are funny fish names are already embedded in your brain. If you've enjoyed watching Star Wars once or thirty-eight times, name your blue betta Han Solo. Your school of guppies can morph into a group of evil storm troopers. And your black moor goldfish can turn into, who else, Darth Vader. Combine movie characters from different genres, and suddenly Freddie Kruger is swimming with Bambi. Be creative when naming your pet fish. The funny will follow.
Let Fate Dictate
If you don't think movies will help you come up with funny pet names for fish, pass the buck over to chance. Open a dictionary, close your eyes, flip through the pages, and point your finger. There you have it --- your new cherry barb is now named Scrub, and your tetra is affectionately named Gamble. Don't worry; if you don't like the first name, you can always try again. The 1970s soul group The Commodores named their band using this method, only if they had used the first name they flipped to, they would have recorded under the name The Commodes.
Look for the Absurd
Irony can work wonders if you're still having trouble with naming your pet fish. If your redtail shark enjoys lazily floating at the bottom of his tank for days at a time, name him Turbo to accentuate his . . . uhm . . . swift-like nature. If your catfish enjoys his meals a bit too often and it shows, name him Slim. Spend a little time getting to know your fish before you name them, find one striking characteristic, and flip it around with a clever name. You'll get a kick out of it, and so will your house guests when Turbo doesn't move once during dinner.
To sum it all up, make sure the funny pet names for your fish are names that you enjoy. After all, you're the one that has to call them by name every day!