I've been keeping fish for about three months now. It began as a homeschooling project for my kids, so they could keep journals about the growth of the fish and plants. It took only two weeks to discover my plans and ideas were much bigger than my ten gallon tank. Through a series of trades I've managed to get a 55 Gallon tank. I'm now outfitting to be a permanent fixture in my living room. (or as permanent as it can be considering we move quite often)
Our current guests are two guppies, three mollies, five platy, and three cory. Interestingly we only had the five platy and cory's to start but my neighbor saw me with tank supplies and offloaded her survivors on me. After they detoxed for a week in a small tank they joined our fish and all are happy but need more room.
My kids and dog also became enamored with the fish. The dog, so much so that he ate our first fish when I left the top open. Lesson learned. Now he sits and watches them for doggy hours, which still equates to several minutes at a time. The kids like feeding the blood worms and snacks to the fish and often bet on which of their fish will eat the most.
For the 55 tank I'm taking my time putting together the set up and am manufacturing much of the parts myself. (Nothing mechanical). Today's project is a plexiglass canopy. The glass one scares me with two rambunctious boys, a fat cat, and a giant dog all waiting to toss something heavy in the wrong direction. Additionally, it is a hand me down with unneccessary holes and cutouts.
Anyhow, that's how I came into fish keeping. I hope to learn a lot more. Our next house is going to be huge and I plan on getting a whopping huge tank to keep in my office.