Greetings from the California Desert!
Hello all. I am a 21 year old college student living in the Mojave desert. Having come from the land of cacti and ungodly heat, I find serenity and beauty in water and fish. Thus, I have a little aquarium in my room, a piece of my own little paradise out in the middle of the badlands.
I've loved fish all my life and grew up with two aquariums in my lifetime. While these experiences soured my dad's opinion of pet fish, I fell in love. I keep 8 goldfish in a 20 gallon aquarium (small, I know, gotta work with what you got till you can get something better!) Goldfish would not have been my first pick of fish, but surprisingly I fell in love with their beautiful colors, high energy/activity, and their begging little faces every time I go anywhere near the aquarium.
Honestly, I'm just keeping an aquarium until I can settle down in my own place in a different location, because my dream/goal is to have a good quality, well maintained home made pond in my yard with Koi fish. Though, I believe I will always have an inside aquarium as well. I'd love to have a salt water aquarium but I'm not sure if I'm up to the task. Perhaps in 10 years when I've been fish keeping for a while I'll take on that challenge. I would hate to try and fail at the expense of little creatures. If I'm going to try something, I'm going to make sure it'll all be okay in the end, especially with the lives of critters in the balance. (I have cried over every single fish I've ever lost. I'll be forever haunted by the death of my puffer fish, Chong. R.I.P. little big fish.)