I have always liked all types of animals. I wanted to be a zoologist, a veterinarian, a marine biologist... well I wound up being a registered nurse, but that didn't stop me from keeping a menagerie of animals.
My first real tank was a 5 gallon hex tank, I think I was about 10 or 11 when I got it. I had an UGF
and an internal power filter, didn't know a thing about cycling, didn't even have the internet, so listened to the people at the pet store fish after fish died in it. Finally I had a common goldie that lived as the single inhabitant for about 5 years until I put him in my aunts outdoor pond. I know it wasn't good for me to keep him in a 5 gallon tank, but I simply didn't know. I also had a betta in a bowl that lived for about 3 years. Again, I really didn't know any better, and I did change the water in the betta bowl a couple of times a week so maybe that's why he did so well? He used to flair and give me bubble nests all the time, and it was a pretty big bowl.
My first big tank is my 55 gallon that I still have. It was given to me and my husband when we were first married (we were 19). We didn't have kids yet so I spent all my extra income on this tank, and luckily I actually did my research at the time and was successful with it. When my daughter was born my finances were focused on her so I took it down and it is still stored in the garage. I had a 12 gallon planted that got broken in our last move, so I have been without a tank for the last couple of years and finally decided I missed it too much. Within a month I am back up to 3 tanks, a 29 gallon and two 5 gallons,
. I am trying to find a place to set up the 55... I think I have a bad case of MTS! I am 27 now and I have a 2 year old and a 4 year old and they are loving mommy's hobby. You should here them say everytime we get ready to go somewhere "Mommy are we going to the fish store? " LOL