heres as much as i can remember.
i got my first fish when i was about 5 years old. well fish is plural, but 1 fish "survived"
it was a common/feeder goldfish that i won at a community fair. sharky was his name as he grew about a foot long, was kept in a 75 gallon tank and lived for years and years. i never did any of the maintnance but i always saw my dad running the hose to the tank and filling it back up.
we had the goldfish until i was 10, 11 maybe even 12 years old (maybe even longer) but we also had another tank going when i was young too which was a community tank with neons and tiger barbs. it was a pretty sweet tank and the barbs actually had fry. these fish lasted awhile t oo but i remember going on vacation and coming home to a tank full of cacoons
(lol, the fish were in what looked like white webs) apparently the heater malfunctioned and killed the entire tank.
ive always kept critters and creatures. before they built behind my house it used to be sand pits and i found a bunch of frogs in a puddle once, ofcourse i had to "save them" so i set up a frog tank. ive had firebelly salamanders before too.
at one point i had 2 frogs in a tank in my room and i remember one escaping, never found it. i remember playing soccer once and finding a guenie pig under bushes (with long long hair) next to a pile of food like who ever had it dumped the cage (shame on them) so ofcourse i had to "rescue him" so i had him for awhile along with another one that we got from the store, boy do those things make noise. ive kept a few small red eared sliders before for a brief time, my sister recently gave hers away that shes had for years. i once caught a box turtle that i put in my garden for awhile until it got out.
i always used to go to ponds and collect things, tadpoles, baby catfish, frogs, turtles, anything i could scoop up. we found the missing frog, behind my stove- fried to a crisp
ive kept tanks through out the years but stopped through most of my teen years due to drug addiction. i lost interest but getting clean put me right back with the tanks.
i came back into fish keeping and set up a few tanks right away. i kept a 55 with a school of neons, a tank with guppies, a tank with dwarf puffers, a tank with guppy fry, dwarf frogs and a few other things in various tanks around my room.
not long ago i found this caused major issues. my house is old and the outer walls in my room get cold, apparently the humidity that was created mixed with the cold walls allowed it to condense and create alot of moisture. recently moving things around my room i found mold growth due to this
so i ended up scrubbing my walls with a warm water/mild bleach mixture, got it all off and realize the paint is chipping so i ending up scraping all the paint off the walls. now it needs to be sanded and primed and then im painting it with a moldacide paint which is holding me up from upgrading my tank.
i didnt actually get into saltwater until about a year - year and a half ago. this was my research stage and read everything and anything i could to build my tank right. i learned so much without the hands on experience. it was until about 7 or so months ago i actually got my feet wet with saltwater. i continued to read and joined a local reefing club where i learned so much more, met some great people with the same interest and have seen some great tanks.
i now currently have a fancy goldfish tank, a 75 divided with dwarf puffers/ neons and guppies (the left overs of my tanks) and a 46 gallon bowfront reef which is shortly getting upgraded to a 5 foot 90 gallon. you can find my thread here: http://www.fishforum.com/saltwater-f...rogress-17236/
sorry im all over the place but this is as my memory recalls and im sure ive kept more things then ive stated, to sum it up ive kept all sorts of critters but was really only interested in fish and as ive found saltwater fish. me and my father both like fish, im into the saltwater and hes into fresh due to the ease of keeping pretty much everything freshwater. he shows great interest in my tank (he originally went for marine bio in florida but switched majors) and i think theres a small chance he might set up a saltwater tank. we have a billion empty tanks at my house and the reason theyre not set up is because my mom says shes sick of looking at a tank in every room. shes not bad about it, infact she wants a tank in the wall for when we redo the basement but she says enough is enought. this doesnt bother me to much as i really just enjoy my one tank.
looking foward to hearing everyone elses story.