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Old 10-12-2011, 05:45 PM   #11
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Aquariums have been in the family long before I was born. My grandfather had a house full of tanks, and I used to help him with feeding & cleaning. Just about everyone I'm related to on that side has at least one tank of some form.

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Old 10-13-2011, 12:04 AM   #12
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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

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Old 10-15-2011, 01:50 AM   #13
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Algae creates 75% of the world's oxygen, so really we're all just doing our parts...
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Old 10-15-2011, 07:44 PM   #14
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I am a photographer. One of my assignments required me to photograph slice of lemon falling in to water. In order to do that I bought 10 gallon fish tank. After it was done I forgot about the tank for about 4 years. 2 years ago I wanted to buy a pet for my son, unfortunately me and my wife are allergic to almost everything (to each other as well). Fish were the only option! For about 2 years I had 10g with random fish. Couple weeks ago I got 25g (the biggest that would fit in to designated aquarium space). Now I got really hooked up!!! Already decided what fish I am going to put in to new tank. A LOT of research and help from AA users went in to that. Right now I am in second week of fishless cycling.
I am giving my old 10g to my neighbor's daughter (6 year old), with all fish and required equipment. Hopefully she will get hooked up as much as I did. (my wife said today "I'm glad you have a new hobby, but why it takes so much time!?)
BTW, I had little 2g tank with some grass and guppies about 20 years ago. Maybe that's why I like fish so much today.
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Old 10-15-2011, 09:02 PM   #15
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Well I took my brother to the lfs to get stuff for his rescued turtle, and left with a 20H, now I have a 2.5 shrimp tank also. Don't really know why but I just had to have a tank one I saw all the fish.
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Old 10-16-2011, 04:12 PM   #16
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Kay well im new to this site for sure, but i got into wanting a pet fish, because when i was 9, i got a free red Betta from a family friend, little did i know he was sick or something, he had died a week later, , since then i had been inlove with Betta fish and their colors, i currently have a blue and red male, i named him Felix ^___^, but since i put him in a Fluval Tank, hes been hiding, he doesnt like the water filter making currents, is this normal at all?
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Old 10-16-2011, 10:27 PM   #17
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The Fair.

Won a goldfish and it all started from there.

At first I had them in a bowl, then I upgraded to a 10 gallon.

I then upgraded to a 30 gallon and finally learned about the Nitrogen Cycle.

So that's basically it.
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:43 PM   #18
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I started out with a 5 gallon tank with neon tetras. Then I went over to my cousins house and he had a eel and some other cool fish. I went out that night and got a fire eel. Unfortunately I didn't know about cycling and he died. So I turned the 30 gallon tank I specifically bout for the eel into a salt water tank. I let it cycle and it now has a banded coral shrimp, a dwarf lion fish and my newest addition a banded cat shark that will be going into the 180 gallon tank I got last week. I plan on getting clown fish and a sea anemone soon
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Old 10-18-2011, 03:00 PM   #19
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When I was between 5 and 8 my parents had an aquarium with gold fish and turtles. Of course the turtles ate the gold fish... Then when I worked for my dad he had an aquarium at the service desk for a couple of years, until the tank wasn't being taken care of and he got rid of it.

I honestly was never all that interested in keeping them until this year. My husband loves fish and was trying to convince me that it would be a great idea to get a 55gallon. I was hesitant right up until we entered the pet store and started oogling. I fell in love and am now more obsessed than he is ^_^
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Old 10-18-2011, 03:09 PM   #20
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Been fishing recreationally for aslong as I can remember got taught catch and release.
What I found is I love watching them swim I remember sitting on the end of a jetty watching them for over an hour swim by feed. 3 years later I've got 5 tanks. Only one set up as a planted now was a 75 gallon reef but gave up the reef in favor of a low tech planted due to the 60 hours + a week I'm currently working. Same reason for taking down the other four.

I'm a navy child I've always been within a kilometer ( roughly half a mile) from the beach. Probably something to do with it.

Or you could put it down to a Pisces. With my starsign tattooed onto me for a very long time. (two fish)

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