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Old 01-07-2018, 11:14 AM   #1221
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I vaguely remember a 10 gal freshwater tank when I was a kid. (1960s, yeah, I am OLD LoL) My mom got it for my 2 brothers and me. I remember the calmness I felt watching the fish for hours, instead of TV. Fast forward to the '90s... I was a driver for a horse and buggy company in New Hope, PA and the only bathroom was in the owner's home. The one time I had to use it, their heater was broken and I saw on the counter top a beautiful blue Betta in a flippin large glass beer stein. I told my boss that the fish was going to die from the cold, only because I knew they were basically considered "tropical" and that they would fight. And that is all I knew. So, I took him home and named him "Master Betta Max". He moved into his new 10 gallon home and that was my first personal "fish". I had always seen and been secretly in love with Angelfish, and bought a second tank... a 30 gallon tall. I bought some silver and black Angelfish that were the size of an American quarter and they grew to be HUGE! I also had Mystik Sharks in that tank with them. I got a divorce, sold the house and moved to Tennessee. Max was almost 6 when my best friend's son Christopher said that he didn't think Max would make the move, so I gave him to Christopher. He was my pet sitter for years and adored Max as much as I did. I gave my Angels and their tanks to a friend who had like 15 tanks all over his house, so I knew that they were in good hands, also. 5 years ago I got a job as a live-in companion to a lady, now friend, in Alabama who had 2 HUGE 250 gallon saltwater tanks and I took care of them for her. What a job! I loved it. But, all good things must come to an end and I took a job in Chicago, but I got attacked by my boss' pit bull, was hospitalized and now can't work anymore and am on disability. I stayed friendly with the gal in Alabama and she recently started breeding Bettas. So, now I want some again. They are my favorite fish, and I so want to learn all I can. I just bought a pair from Indonesia, and need to glean as much as I can ASAP. Hopefully before they get here so they can thrive and be happy.
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Old 01-24-2018, 12:17 AM   #1222
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I grew up with a 20 Gallon aquarium in the kitchen. I vividly remember my father cleaning the fish tank. I always thought the water smelled badly.

As I grew into adulthood I ended up with one of those peace lilys, with the Betta fish in the bottom. That led to a 20 Gallon with 3 FancyTail Goldfish. I had that tank and those fish for a long time. I then advanced to a 30 Gallon, which was very short lived, and then into a 55 Gallon. I have had my 55 Gallon for 3 years. I am now currently in the process of setting up a 75 G.
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