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Old 11-15-2012, 02:31 PM   #11
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2 angelish
2 firemouths
2 silver sharks
Several tiger barbs

All 1 week after setting the tank up
The bloke in the shop actually let me leave with that lot knowing it was a new tank.
This was 1988 and i was 13
Just goes to show that some shops just want the money.

With me now being older and wiser with an abundance of information on the hobby these days, i started the hobby again 15 months ago with 5 head and tail lights. I've hardly had any problems this time around, especially compared to back then.

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Old 11-15-2012, 03:05 PM   #12
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Guppies or kitten?

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!


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Old 11-15-2012, 03:15 PM   #13
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My first tank at 16 or so years old was a hex, maybe 25ish gallons. The pet store sold me that and 5 oscars at the same time. You can imagine how poorly that went!

A few years later (or decades, if you really want to be picky) I'm still keeping fish, though its been off and on. At a point in life where I can support both my family and my hobbies, I'm a happy girl with my 4th tank ready to set up this weekend. This will be an angel breeding tank, as I just had two pair up and start spawning in my main tank.

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