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So how did YOR fish obsession get started?
Old 04-20-2008, 04:00 PM   #11
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my wittle betta fishie
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Old 04-20-2008, 04:24 PM   #12
 
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My Dad bought his first tank; a steal-frame, slate bottomed 29 gallon, in 1947, so I grew up with an aquarium in the house. When I was six my parents gave me a ten-gallon set. I kept danios, guppies and corys. They were amazed I didn't kill anything. My mom picked up a five gallon for me at a yard sale about four or five months after I got the 10. I kept a pair of beautiful comet goldfish in it until they reached four inches and I had to sell them.
I bought my first 'big' tank, a glass 200 gallon, when I was 14 with lawn-mowing money (believe me, I mowed a LOT of yards for that tank and setup).
Still have that tank. It now serves as a sump under my big reef tank.
There was a span of about four years when I didn't have a tank going. Drove me to distraction. So having aquariums is as natural to me as breathing; I'd feel incomplete without them.

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Old 04-27-2008, 04:58 AM   #13
 
Good thread idea. We had a small tank with some neon tetras when I was a little kid. Those were my only childhood fish. Years later, I put a hardwood floor in the home of a couple of aquarium enthusiasts. The had five tanks set up and a few more in the garage. They gave us a couple of their empty tanks as a bonus for a job well done. I've always thought aquariums were cool so I lugged those tanks from house to house as I moved knowing I'd set one up eventually. After a few years of lugging empty tanks around, I let a friend move in with me. He set up his tank in his bedroom with a balla shark and two albino rainbow sharks. When i started getting on his case about paying rent, he decided to rob me and leave one day while I was at school. He left the tank where it was and a couple days later, while cleaning his mess, I realized there were still live fish in there. He left them with no light, no filter, no bubbles, no food, nothing. I wasn't just going to flush them. I figured this was the perfect opportunity to start my own tank. It cost me near $150 for equipment to save $30 worth of fish and replace all his tacky crap with a more natural living setup. But since then has been so worth it. Still got his old crappy tank to replace w/ something bigger and cleaner and plan to start a 20 gal soon. Now every time I look at my fish, I think of bigger better and improved tanks, setups and fish to continue this most enjoyable hobby as long as I can do so.
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Old 04-27-2008, 08:34 AM   #14
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To clarify a little further....

Kiddo was watching the kid's TV show Franklin, who has a goldfish named Goldy. Unfortunately, goldy is just in a little bowl. Since it's an animated series, goldy is thriving! LOL. Kiddo really, really, really (please, please, please mom!) wanted a goldfish, so we compromised on a betta since I knew that we couldn't keep a goldfish in a smallish tank. Mr. Betta is now in his own 5 gal. tank and lovin' life.

pssst...we also got the snail since Franklin has a friend who is a snail named, wait for it....Snail. Franklin is a turtle, in case ya didn't know. LOL
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Old 04-27-2008, 10:25 AM   #15
 
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My g/f got a Betta I was stuck caring for it then I became addicted so taxes come around and....
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Old 04-27-2008, 08:09 PM   #16
 
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To clarify a little further....

Kiddo was watching the kid's TV show Franklin, who has a goldfish named Goldy. Unfortunately, goldy is just in a little bowl. Since it's an animated series, goldy is thriving! LOL. Kiddo really, really, really (please, please, please mom!) wanted a goldfish, so we compromised on a betta since I knew that we couldn't keep a goldfish in a smallish tank. Mr. Betta is now in his own 5 gal. tank and lovin' life.

pssst...we also got the snail since Franklin has a friend who is a snail named, wait for it....Snail. Franklin is a turtle, in case ya didn't know. LOL
Ya know I never got that part of the show all franklin's friends were named..Cat, Bear, Snail... but he wasn't turtle! My daughter who is now 13 loved Franklin. My boys not so much.
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Old 05-03-2008, 05:35 PM   #17
 
It was my kids! It started when I got my oldest child a betta in a bowl because I heard they were easy to care for. I had him for about 3-years until I moved from Phoenix to St. Louis in February 2003 and the people who helped me move put him into the back of the moving truck for 2-days. Needless to say, he froze on the trip and I found him dead when I went to unload my stuff. I was completely dumbfounded that somebody thought it was safe to put a fish in the back of a moving van!!!

Since then I've always wanted another fish. Two kids later, we are on a trip to PetSmart and they are begging me for a new pet (we already have a bird and cat). I decided a fish would be the easiest to care for so we tried to get two Mollies in the same bowl that the betta had been in so many years earlier. They both died within 1-day of being home because I was clueless as to what I was doing with a tropical fish. We took them back to PetSmart and exchanged them for more. To our surprise, 4 hours later we had about 14 baby Mollies in the bowl (they refrained from telling us they are live bearers). Without a second thought we went out and bought a 20-gallon tank to house our fry. Now we have several different tropical fish, including our now grown fry, in our 20-gallon tank. It just wasn't enough - a week ago we went out and bought new 47-gallon bow front tank and just stocked it would nine new additions to the family!

He doesn't know this yet, but now I want a little 2.5 gallon to keep on my nightstand - wonder if he'll go for it??

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