It was the beginning of the 1970's...
My grandparents had sheep on a little farm in central California. One trip out there I was running around exploring and found a large water trough for the sheep and it had guppies in it, tons of them, after all they are guppies! It was fed by a canal/ditch system.
I don't know how they even got in there!
My grandparents also had a cat which had kittens so I wanted a kitten and some guppies, but ended up up with only a kitten - could only have one and parents picked the cat (lived for 16 years).
But after the long journey home and a few weeks we ended up with beautiful Delta tail guppies, and Neons, and a couple of striped kuhli loaches, and Marble hatchet fish, natural stones, fake plants and a Banana plant! WOW-WEEEE! Very happy!
We were near a very big hobbyist area and had guppies which rival all the internet pics of prize guppies, they were amazing.
(Boy was I disappointed when I went to the local chain pet stores as an adult looking for some nice guppies and saw what mostly would have been feeders, back then, here in the tanks for sale
So I got both guppies and a kitten! Spoiled! lol Really my mom liked the guppies too.
Thanks, that was a fun memory!