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Old 03-07-2015, 03:02 AM   #1
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How did you discover aquariums?

I think the title says it all. How did you get started? What was your first fish? When did you start? Etc.
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Old 03-07-2015, 12:21 PM   #2
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When I first wanted to raise bullfrog tadpoles, and my whole family got me a 2.5 gallon Minibow for my birthday, and I decided I wanted fish not to raise them, and then I got to get a 10 gallon because I told my mom 2.5 gallons was too small for anything. Lol I started going around the store looking for fish, and I wanted a electric yellow cichlid, and I had no idea about fish at all and I decided on getting 1 peppered cory and 2 julii cory's the very next day after I filled the tank with water.......and they all survived the fish in cycle! I had no idea what a cycle was in the first place back then, and this was only a year ago. Now I've progress dot a 16 gallon planted, and a 2.5 gallon mini bow and I've discovered the awesomeness of fish and fish keeping!!

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Old 03-07-2015, 12:55 PM   #3
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My first real aquarium was a 29g kit the spouse got my as a surprise Christmas gift in 2003. I'm pretty sure my first fish were platies. We lived in a townhouse so it was set up so that the front could be seen from the living room and the back from the kitchen.

I just dug up some pics, what a crazy mess! Platies, a GBR, 3 spot gourami, a BN, kuhlis and queen loaches. They all lived for a long time though.

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It's hard just to look at this.. My first was a dare from my cousin to have a fish like he did. I had a black moor goldfish in a 2.5 gallon tank. I had no idea cycling existed and dosed so my chemicals to try and get the water clear. He died in a week of Ich. Since then I have done hours and hours and some more hours of research and set up what would be my 45g. Click image for larger version

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Old 03-07-2015, 01:40 PM   #5
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My parents had one when I was younger. Eventually once the last fish died they just took it down but once I was on my own I got some


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We had Betta's growing up from begging momma in Walmart lol. Then I wanted a fish tank and used the science fair as an excuse to get a 10 gallon and 4 fancy goldfish. Big mess. But I won 3rd place and some prize money for my feeding experiment! Then I upgraded the 10 to a 20 for my birthday one year.... Then I realized how much I was limited to my choices on stocking with that size so I used my Christmas money to buy my current 36 Bowfront setup. Crazy how once our fish bug bites we always want bigger and better tanks and fish!


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We had Betta's growing up from begging momma in Walmart lol. Then I wanted a fish tank and used the science fair as an excuse to get a 10 gallon and 4 fancy goldfish. Big mess. But I won 3rd place and some prize money for my feeding experiment! Then I upgraded the 10 to a 20 for my birthday one year.... Then I realized how much I was limited to my choices on stocking with that size so I used my Christmas money to buy my current 36 Bowfront setup. Crazy how once our fish bug bites we always want bigger and better tanks and fish!


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Or smaller!!! We have a 55g that we do want to upgrade but I have really been into small aquariums with neo shrimp and nano fish lately!


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Or smaller!!! We have a 55g that we do want to upgrade but I have really been into small aquariums with neo shrimp and nano fish lately!
Yup! Not long after getting into it I had 12 good-sized tanks, the largest was a 75g. A few years out of the hobby now my largest is a 16g.
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In a way I almost think the smaller tanks are more challenging??! Smaller room to scape and harder to get the correct occupants.


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I think smaller tanks are harder just because, even though it may be less water, you usually have to do more frequent water changes. It's harder to keep the chemistry stable.


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