As kids my sisters and I had goldfish on and off over the years. They never lasted long because they where in bowls. In my teens I had a couple of bettas in giant champagne glasses (shudder) and an axolotl for a while. When I was 19 (I think) my then boyfriend had a community tank and a large Oscar. When we broke up I got the Oscar (sushi
) but he died of bloat about a month later. We both knew nothing of the nitrogen cycle and all he ever got fed was bloodworms and feeder guppies. Poor thing.
After my son was born my mum gave me her goldfish that lived in a bowl. My daughter accidentally killed him.
So i decided to get her some guppies. We bought a 8g tank and crammed 6 guppies, 2 BNP, 3 glass cats and two mystery snails in it. About 2 weeks later I found AA and my love and knowledge of fish grew! I upgraded to a 70g within weeks and traded some of my fish in at my LFS
. I still have one of the original guppies and the two BNP.