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Old 06-11-2015, 04:45 PM   #11
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2g Aqueon tank:

With a male betta last June. He is the fish in my profile picture. Sadly, we lost him last October due to dropsy It was heartbreaking. We loved him so much.

We still have it; it's an emergency betta tank or a quarantine tank now.

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. –Gandalf- 20g high community tank, 5g w red male betta, 10g w crowntail blue male betta & 4 Amano shrimp.
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Old 06-11-2015, 04:58 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by sinibotia View Post
I want to see all of those clowns, I need pictures. You're describing my dream tank

Lol Sini *heavy breathing* pver the clowns.

My first tank was a 2.5g from petsmart after my cousin dared me to keep a goldfish with him. He had his in a bowl and its name was Juliet. Mine was a black moor goldfish named Wilbur. Needless to say he lasted a week before getting ich and died. I was so distraught that I lost my little friend I *hangs head in shame* got 3 more and over time they didn't die of ich but rather jumped. Very disappointed I vowed to sit down and do research and the rest is history.

I used to have a picture of it. Needless to say it was very cloudy. The tank has held many things since them from the goldfish to guppies to a tiny QT to a wild caught crayfish(picture). It now rests as a snail culture for a puffer.

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Old 06-11-2015, 05:56 PM   #13
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I kept bettas since I was in middle school but my first 'real' tank was a 29g kit the spouse gave me for Xmas over 10 years ago. It sat on a half wall in our townhouse so the front could be seen from the living room, the back from the kitchen. At various points along the way it housed:

pearl gourami
yo yo loaches
kuhli loaches
bristlenose plec
dwarf puffer
German ram
paradise fish pair that successfully spawned
krib pair that successfully spawned

I no longer have that particular tank but it was a surprise gift that I absolutely loved and learned so much from!

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Old 06-11-2015, 06:11 PM   #14
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Won a goldfish from the fair in Memphis when I was 3 or 4 (1992-1993) years old , named him Gus. Parents got me what I would guess was a 5-8 gallon hex style tank. Gus lived many many years in that tank too. My dad worked at a fiberglass plant back then and brought home big sheets of plexiglass and made his own tank. It was probably 4.5ft long, 2ft tall, and 8 inches wide. Sat on top of the bar in the kitchen. Once he had it sealed water tight, he brought him a few dozen feeder goldfish and dumped them into it, along with Gus who was probably 6-7 years old at that point. All the fish died, he couldn't figure out why, tank got tossed out. Fast forward to now, I'm in my mid-20s, married with two kids and we have 4 tanks. Lucky for my kids, I'm vastly more knowledgeable than my father was back then and we haven't lost any fish that my kids have claimed as their beloved wet pets lol

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Old 06-21-2015, 08:56 PM   #15
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I started with a betta. In a one gallon. I know. It's terrible. But I knew nothing, I just really want a fish because I never had any pets due to my mom being allergic to cats and my dad being allergic to dogs and all of my brothers and sisters being allergic to both... Except me. So I saved up my money at the beginning of freshman year of high school and bought my beloved betta, Socrates. I bought him a tiny 1g betta kit, knowing no better and having very little money to spend. I used the crappy packaged food that came with it and MAJORLY over fed him but he was a hardy fish. I eventually realized that Socrates was not very happy and I look around the Internet to find out why and I stumbled on this website and it's all history from there. Socrates lived to be a year and half old and died when I moved across the country and the movers abused my fish. He lived in a 5g at the end of his life. He was a good fish. I bought a betta after to make up for missing him and now I'm a betta breeder so how about that! here's a picture of his 1g tankClick image for larger version

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My first tank was about two years ago. It was a 10g with 6 tiger barbs that I got to use as a nightlight in my kids room. I cycled it with fish in before I knew anything about fish keeping. Can't believe they made it. Didn't change water until the cycle completed. Wow. Now I have 6 tanks running. I have learned a ton since then. A lot of it from coralbandit who posted earlier.
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Old 06-22-2015, 10:54 PM   #17
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Your first tank

I was about 12 at the time an got My first fish who was also a betta named shark (it was a very vicious bugger) sadly I didn't know any better an kept him in a half gallon for at least a month with a plastic plant. One day I notice his fins didn't look right an low and behold he had fin rot. This started my adventure into the wet world with me buying him a 3 gallon with a heater an a filter. After setting him up an watching how much more active he got, I was hooked. That was 5 yrs ago an Shark lived into4yrs of that adventure happy and healthy. Now I've had owned an takes down
Sharks 3 gallon (torn down)
10g freshwater (torn down)
25g FW(torn down)
45g hex(torn down)
25g SW (torn down)
36g bow front (up an running)
10g SW (it's back up though I'm about to tear it down)
Future 55g saltwater upgrade (pumped and broke for that)

Now my father had fish when I was about 4-6 yrs old an I think that was what really inspired me into getting me into this hobby. Trying to claim apart of my childhood back

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My first tank was a small 1.5 gallon with a betta in it. I kept owning more bettas in there until I realized I had to get a proper tank. It is now a 2.8 gallon tank with two nerites in it, Stalker 1 and Stalker 2.
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My first saltwater tank after not having one for almost 20 years ,
It is a 37g bow front I had it set up about a year and a half . in 2013 it won feb tank of the month the link below will bring you to it.
February 2013 Tank of the Month: 54seaweed's 37 Gallon Mixed Reef
unfortunately after this I up graded to a 40B that I kept till 2014 , than I upgraded again to a 90g you can see that by using the link below my signature,
tearing down the first 2 tanks was very heart breaking but in the end it was worth it
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They come in different colors

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