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Old 08-01-2014, 11:19 AM   #11
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First tanks? Wall of shame

Alright I better share mine.

I got a 55 gallon on the classifieds that came with an adult Jack Dempsey, 2 adult Kenyi's and 25 Kenyi Fry, as well as an adult Chinese algae eater and rainbow shark. As if this wasn't crazy enough.
I added an Oscar, 6 Australian Rainbowfish, A neon swords tail, red cap lethrinops, electric blue hap, Demasoni, and a Dinosuar bichir, oh and lyre tail Dalmatian Molly's.

The Dinosour systematically ate most of the fry, the Demasoni brutalized my Jack Dempsey, The Kenyi's went nuts on EVERYONE. I lost most of them. Eventually I traded out almost everyone keeping the Ausies, Electric Blue hap, and Lethrinops.

Now I only have African Cichlids and High Fin spotted Pleco.


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Old 08-01-2014, 11:25 AM   #12
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My FIRST tank was even worse. Bought everything for the 10 gallon tank, AND about 15 fish including, Rainbow shark, Koi, neon tetras, cherry barbs, platys, GLO danios, Dwarf Gourami, and Bala sharks. Put the ten gallon together, without cleaning off any decor, or rinsing anything. Just used tap water and dechloribator. The next morning (6 hours later) they were all either dead or dying. I thought it was a PH problem, so I continued to dose PH minus until they were all dead, as well as clarity, because the water was so cloudy. Petsmart replaces your fish within two weeks, so for the next week I killed probably 25-30 fish, until they miraculously started to survive past a day.
Please don't judge my shame, when your young and excited about something, You just dive right in, and don't think. At least I did/do.


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Old 08-01-2014, 12:18 PM   #13
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My first tank was a 2.5 gallon from petsmart. I set it up that day, went back(same day) bought 4 tiger barbs and a cory catfish. It didnt go badly, I actually have all of those fish in a 45 gallon now. I had a dead tiger barb, but Ive added before and since(more tigers and cories among other things). Probably not the worst first tank.....I had them in a 10 gallon within a month, and then found that leaking, s they went from a 2.5 gallon to a 45 gallon in 2 months or so....the 45 has now been set up almost a year. The original cory is now bigger than my thumb.
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:56 PM   #14
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Back in 2007 I think it was... I had a ten gallon that I originally set up for my betta, it had not filter, gravel with holes that you could see the bottom of the tank and a tetra whisper 10i with like a 25 watt heater... Anyways I got rid of the betta and put him in a bowl (terrible of me i know) and my first fish I got were 3 tiger barbs and 1 albino tiger barb, a red tailed shark, a peacock eel, and two yellow labs... It was a mess. Uncycled with a bunch of dirty fish, but over the year of 2007 I had more and more fish die and I kept buying new fish... I got angel fish, platies, cherry barbs, then after toying with my tank for a while I got a natural looking gravel, some live plants an aquaclear 20 and a pair of German blue rams, this was in 2011. I loved those guys soo much they were my all time favorite fish, so I went out and bought a 20 gallon starter kit that I could put my aquaclear 20 on, buy another aquaclear 20, then put the top fin 20 on my 10 gallon that somewhere along the road I got my pair of shelldwellers. So now the 20 is setup and I bought 5 neon tetras, (the number has increased over the years)
So then around end of 2011, early 2012 I started my 55 gallon, now being the avid fishkeeper I think myself to be nowadays I bought a little gold severum and he had the 55 all to himself. He was so scared hid all the time for months, I wanted to get rid of him so bad but I kept him, he grew and grew and came out of his shell (with the help of 6 giant danios [dithers] I bought along the way) and he's like my best friend now. So that's my little fish keeping journey haha


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My FIRST tank was even worse. Bought everything for the 10 gallon tank, AND about 15 fish including, Rainbow shark, Koi, neon tetras, cherry barbs, platys, GLO danios, Dwarf Gourami, and Bala sharks. Put the ten gallon together, without cleaning off any decor, or rinsing anything. Just used tap water and dechloribator. The next morning (6 hours later) they were all either dead or dying. I thought it was a PH problem, so I continued to dose PH minus until they were all dead, as well as clarity, because the water was so cloudy. Petsmart replaces your fish within two weeks, so for the next week I killed probably 25-30 fish, until they miraculously started to survive past a day.
Please don't judge my shame, when your young and excited about something, You just dive right in, and don't think. At least I did/do.


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I did the same thing with angel fish the first three days I had my tank.
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I kept a goldfish with tetras in a 20g tank. I even kept a pair of small orandas in a 6.6g tank for a short time (they eventually went to a larger tank). I also had 10-20 guppies (adults and mostly fry) in the same 6.6g tank (not with the goldfish). These were not my first tanks. And this was NOT a loooong time ago (maybe 5 years ago).
Reading these posts kind of puts things in perspective when a newbie posts something you might pass off as "Are you kidding?" or "What were you thinking?" or "Do your research, Newb!"
We've all been there at some point.
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:24 AM   #17
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Reading these posts kind of puts things in perspective when a newbie posts something you might pass off as "Are you kidding?" or "What were you thinking?" or "Do your research, Newb!"
We've all been there at some point.

Exactly my motivation for this topic. We've all come along way. I know my tank wouldn't be as awesome as they are if not for AA.


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Hmmmm, does this qualify? ?

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Haha love it.


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I don't think I'm qualified to post here my first "tank" wasn't a tank it was a bowl my dad came home randomly with over 30 comets and like 10 rosy reds and we stuffed them in a bowl >-< I'm so ashamed of what I've done but apparently petsmart is kind of getting better with their info but I'm happy one of the Goldie's survived hes so big 1 foot long and he's in a 30 gallon now I'm going to get a 75 soon well we learn from our mistakes


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