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post #21 of 42 Old 03-30-2011, 09:32 AM
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When I was a kid my brother was allergic to all things fuzzy! Bummer! So baby turtles it was but they were hard to keep in those tiny little turtle pans with the fake palm tree and diving board. OMG!! So the only thing we could have was fish. We got over run with snails and mom axed that too. After that there was nothing in the house pet wise until I had my own place and we had ALL things fuzzy! Hamsters, Guinnea Pigs, Rabbit, Cats, then when we got our first home we got dogs and the 90 Gallon with 3 Oscars, 2 Balla Sharks. We also had a tank of Pirrana as well at one point but the babies kept eating each other till we had one left. Funny how that is!! Many years later we sold the tank completely. Now I am re-married and it's taken many years to slowly upgrade to my 75Gal.
I am so ready for my pond!!

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post #22 of 42 Old 03-30-2011, 11:12 PM
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My girlfriend was moving to Ohio and didn't want to take her little 6gl with her so she gave it to me. In it was one serpae tetra and an upside down catfish. I went out the next day (okay, this next part is embarassing ) and purchased a tiny pleco, a tiny pictus and three zebra danios and added them to the 6gl. After realizing that I had caught the "fever" I picked up a 100gl shortly thereafter. The pleco, danios and serpae tetra went back to the LFs in exchange for more appropiate fish.
Fast forward to now what is five tanks and some amazing fish. I'm also proud to say that my pictus is alive and well and doing fantastic.

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post #23 of 42 Old 03-30-2011, 11:16 PM
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WOW you really did get "the fever" from a 6gl to a 100gl ! ha ha

I started because my bedroom dresser "would look good with a small fish tank on top" 16 months later i have 3 Fish tanks in my room and 0 dressers !
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post #24 of 42 Old 03-31-2011, 04:12 AM
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I always loved fish since a kid i had my own tanks when i was 13 along with leopard geckos , chameleons , chinchillas anything I could find to love really that was exotic, an last year my fiance and me went fishing and he wanted to bring a fish home from the lake which was a tiny fishy and i remembered i had a 10 gallon with filter rocks and everything that i let my mom use which was downstairs and she killed all of my fish :( after i had them for so very very long and then let the tank go to crap after i sepnt so much money on it so we used that tank and after that it was all down hill we returned sammy [the lake fish] back to his home once he healed from being caught, cleaned the tank out really well got some mollies , cat fish platties , pleco , algae eater, then a week later upgraded to a 30gal mollies were breeding like crazy then I moved in to my own home saw some great deals on craigslist got 2 75 gallon tanks 2 ten gallons and my 30 gallon now there used to let my angels spawn and grow out with 1 being a community tank that i cant stop adding fish to so Ill be getting a 240 gallon tank soon enough and yea every pay check at-least 200 goes to my fish and I will love fish keeping forever its a great CLEAN healthy hobby Its helped keep me clean from anything.

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post #25 of 42 Old 03-31-2011, 04:59 AM
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Plumkin - you got it bad :) Sadly, most of us can relate.

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post #26 of 42 Old 03-31-2011, 08:10 AM
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When I was about four or five, my grandfather took me to collect, (seine)bait from a creek to use while fishing.( Crayfish,bluegill,chub minnows). He placed them in a horse trough under a willow tree to keep them cool and I spent hours bent over the tank watching the fishes,crayfish.
Got my first aquarium around the age of sixteen and little has changed it seems. I still spend hours sitting in front of the tanks observing the fishes.

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post #27 of 42 Old 03-31-2011, 08:22 AM
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I started keeping fish by accident. We got a free decorative fish tank with an office supply order at work. It was never meant for real fish; it came with fake plastic fish that floated around. My friend at work told me to try putting real fish in it, and I, not knowing anything about fish, did it.

There was a lot of death in that tank. When I was down to one surviving fish, I started looking for a proper fish tank, which is when another friend told me she had a complete 10g tank sitting in her garage that I could have. So that fish got a new home, and that's when I learned about cycling so she was alone for quite awhile in that 10g.

Aaaaaaaaand just under 2 months after that, I bought a 67g tank for home.

The work tank now has a couple of dwarf pea puffers and some neons along with an oto. I know I'm asking for trouble by having the neons in there with the puffers... I have been thinking of bringing the neons home, freeing up some space in the tank to add a couple more otos.

The home tank has angels, mollies, harlequin rasboras, yoyo loaches, honey gouramis, guppies, and a bristlenose pleco.

I'm always trying to figure out where I can put another fish tank in my house... but sadly, i don't think it's possible. :(
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post #28 of 42 Old 04-01-2011, 04:42 PM
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Plumkin - you got it bad :) Sadly, most of us can relate.

i also have a tank at my moms house lol because i ran out of room here :X i need help O_O

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post #29 of 42 Old 04-01-2011, 05:27 PM
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I believe my mom got me started as an enfant..lol she got me addicted...then I passed the addiction to my husband...and it's soon to be passed to someone new..


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post #30 of 42 Old 04-01-2011, 05:54 PM
I have always been a huge animal lover since I was a young girl. My father always was bringing in random pets, my mom would throw a fit, and the pet would have to leave. So when I was 4 my dad got a big fish tank, i think it was a 55 or 75 gallon, and put it in the dinning room...a few weeks later my dad got me my first fish, an Oscar...I named him Oscar, not because of his species, but because my grandma's best friend's son's name was Oscar, and I had a crush on him, lol.

Ever since that Oscar I have kept fish around...until I moved out at 19 and could NOT afford it. So I did the betta thing. Sadly, having multiple cats and a betta in a small apt was asking for trouble. A few years later my boyfriend and I set up a 10 gallon...after the first set of fish all died, I decided to break the tank down. Turned the tank into a mouse house and bought a peach/orange colored fancy male mouse I named Cheeto. I kept him for a few months, then the economy started to get rough, so I sold him to a good home and decided to just keep it my dog and my cat for a couple of years. After we moved to our new apartment last year, my hubby got me a 29 gallon fish tank...then two weeks later, I bought my 5 gallon. Now I am slowly working on showing my hubby how badly I need a 60 gallon for the dinning room!!!

Also, I will be getting a 10 gallon in May to upgrade the 5 to.

*They call me, Amanda*
Tank 1: (29 gal planted) empty
Tank 2: (15 gal) empty
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