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Guide to Small Pets in Sims 3

by: Sheri Newton ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

The Sims 3 offers you (and your Sim) the ability to keep small pets in fishbowls, aquariums and terrariums. This guide explains everything you need to know about keeping pets, from the types of aquariums to the different fish and insects that can go in them.

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    The Sims has had the option to have pets in their Sims series since The Sims: Unleashed was released for the first game, and The Sims 2 Pets for the second. It therefore didn’t come as a huge surprise when dogs and cats were not available (yet) in The Sims 3. There is much speculation and hope for The Sims 3 Pets to be released as an expansion pack in the future, though nothing has been officially stated either way yet.

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    Pets in The Sims 3

    The Sims 3 Pet Fish   As of right now, there are no Sims 3 pets available except for small pets that can be placed in aquariums. Hopefully in the near future, there will be an addition of dogs, cats, and other animals that Sims characters can keep besides just fish and insects.

    For now though, Sims are only able to place their small pets in an aquarium or terrarium.

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    Aquariums and Terrariums

    The Sims 3 Pets   The Shrinkomatic Fishbowl is available with the base game of The Sims 3 and costs $80. This bowl only holds one fish.

    The All My Fishes Aquarium is available as an object found in The Sims 3: High End Loft Stuff package and costs $500. The Sims 3 pets aquarium holds up to six fish, allowing the fish to reproduce.

    Both of these are found in the “Entertainment – Hobbies and Skills" section while in the “Buy Mode."

    The Sims 3 Terrarium is a free item that your Sim receives by dragging and dropping the insect out of their personal inventory. They should be in their home, and this is not the same as “Release." Releasing the insect gets rid of it! Terrariums can be placed on the floor or on a surface that it fits, and they can be stacked up to four high.

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    Sims 3 Fishing

    Sims are able to fish around town in ponds, rivers, oceans, lakes, and even the pool (though not really a good option for catching fish). Fish that are caught are able to be placed in the aquarium.

    The Sims 3 Aquarium  

    The types of fish able to be caught include: Anchovy, Minnow, Goldfish, Alley Catfish, Jellyfish, Rainbow Trout, Red Herring, Tuna, Siamese Catfish, Tragic Clownfish, Blowfish, Piranha, Black Goldfish, Salmon, Swordfish, Shark, Angelfish, Vampire Fish, Robot Fish, Lobster, Deathfish, Frog, Doitsu Koi, Kawarimono Koi, Snails, Crocodile, Ochiba Koi, Crawfish, Tancho Koi, Mummy Fish, Dragon Fish, Kissing Gourami, Sea Sludge, Sewer Trilobite.

    Fish are able to be named. Once they are added to an aquarium, your Sim needs to feed them once a day or they will die. Sims also need to clean their tank, and if one dies, scoop the dead fish out.

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    Sims 3 Bug Collecting

    Sims are able to collect items in The Sims 3. This can range from collecting gemstones and space rocks to insects, and more. The insects that are caught are able to be added to the free Sims 3 terrarium, so the insect can live in it.

    The Sims 3 Red Admiral Butterfly   The types of insects able to be caught are:

    Butterflies: Moth, Monarch Butterfly, Zephyr Metalmark Butterfly, Red Admiral Butterfly, Mission Blue Butterfly, Green Swallowtail Butterfly, Royal Purple Butterfly, Silver-Spotted Skipper Butterfly, Zebra Butterfly, Rainbow Butterfly, Crypt Moth, Cleopatra Butterfly, Bamboo Straight Swift Butterfly, Yellow Band Dart Butterfly, Two-Tailed Pasha Butterfly, Glowy Fly.

    Beetles: Cockroach, Ladybug, Japanese Beetle, Water Beetle, Light Beetle, Rhinoceros Beetle, Stag Beetle, Spotted Beetle, Trilobite Beetle, Rainbow Beetle, Scarab, Red Assassin Bug, Cerambyx.

    Coming soon with The Sims 3: Late Night expansion pack: Spiders and Termites.

    Insects may be named, but they do not need to be fed.

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