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Old 12-12-2013, 12:14 AM   #11
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Typical kid who didn't know anything. Set up a 10g as a 10 year old, stocked it with 15-20 fish same day. Lost a bunch, just replaced those. Only added water to replace what had evaporated. When it couldn't stand not being able to see my fish through the algae, I would take it apart, boil & bleach the gravel and decor clean and put a new filter cartridge in. The fish that somehow survived the last tank quickly died, were replaced, and the story started over again. Took a few years off, then got back into it. Same thing all over. Took another few years off, then was going to rebuild my 10g in our new place and my brother offered me his 55g. Started off exactly the same way....

After about 2 weeks, a couple neon deaths, and algae starting to show up, I decided to look into what I needed to do since I wasn't going clean the 55 like I did the 10 every few months.

Thank God I found this site!!!!!!!

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Old 12-12-2013, 12:14 AM   #12
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My wallet says this hobby is a big mistake but my heart says its more than worth it. LOL.

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Old 12-12-2013, 12:20 AM   #13
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Biggest mistake this time was setting the tank up in the wrong spot, too big to shift easily and only needs to move 10 ft.

Biggest mistake at 17, (years back) was taking the casing off an air pump to see how it worked - live. I can't remember how but a twist tie (metal strand covered in plastic) fell on the electrics. One puff of smoke, a bang, thrown fuse and melted plastics later I learnt an important lesson that electricity doesn't care.

My tank setup now has its own fuse at the powerpoint, just in case of leaks. You hear stories of tanks or hoses leaking and with kids this is my greatest concern for fish-keeping.
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:29 AM   #14
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Delapool "electricity doesn't care" how true! Had my share of shocks.
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:29 AM   #15
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Well like most I began with a ten gallon. It was "cycled" for about a week then added:
2 Bala sharks
2 goldfish (won at carnival)
1 koi (again won)
8 guppies
3 neon tetras
2 glow light tetras
Stupid carnivals. If I ever get in any slot of political power I'm banning that and making it so illegal it's stupid. I got out of fish keeping for about 8 years then jumped back in. Now I'm going nuts (well as nuts as my parents will let me) so glad I found this site and hobby! Some good news outta this is I released the goldfish and koi into a local pond (with permission). I always went there and fed them from time to time. They got huge! Amazing what a near football field size pond will allow a fish to grow to! Man I was 6 when this all happened and remember it like yesterday.
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:58 AM   #16
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In 1999 i got your typical ignorant fishbowl with two comets in it. Upgraded to a three gallon after 5 years and now a 5 gallon. Im talking no filter, air bubbler or ANYTHING and this comet is now 14 years old. Her name is jessie. I have no idea how the most fundamental mistake is still totally fine.
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Old 12-12-2013, 01:39 AM   #17
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I spent about 8 years overstocking my 20g with Comets. They would usually last for about 3 years as a community until one outgrew the rest and the rest would die. I guess the bigger fish wind up getting aggressive when they outgrow the tank.
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Old 12-12-2013, 02:01 PM   #18
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My most repetitive mistake is going to the fish store when I need absolutely nothing at all, it's like there is some cosmic force that will not let me leave with out buying something, I have a box under my tank table with filters, air pumps, heaters.. I have a problem...
I'm not really here... fell in the tank and my phone is just that smart
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Old 12-12-2013, 02:27 PM   #19
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When I got married 10 years ago, our reception table centerpieces were Bettas in little teeny vases. We encouraged people to take them home afterward
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I remember when I was 18, I had went to lfs and saw the gold fish feeder tanks ( I did not know they were feeders though). I looked at how small their tank was and thought hmmm if they can house that many in a little tank, hmm so can I.....so I bought a 10g tank and about 30-50 gold fish. Well you all know how that turned out...I didn't know about cycling or water changes.....phewwww it was a stinky disaster, daily.....Hahahaha...ameteur mistake

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