I just joined and so glad to find you fine folks!
Hi, I an a 68 year old married female living in West Virginia. When my husband and I first married 32 years ago, we got an aquarium which we just loved. We had beautiful naughty bullying angel fish, neon tetras, and black mollies, a breeding thing and had molly babies which we found fascinating. Two years later we moved and had no aquarium. So thirty years later we started again with a disastrous 5 gallon tank, then a ten gallon tank with neon tetras, Rosbaras, and a Pleco named Mr. Muggles who is very sweet and may have eaten 4 tetras. We aren't sure but there weren't even any bones left. Perhaps they grew wings and flew away. BUT, as the weeks passed my husband said that Mr. Muggles was growing. His 2 inches were now closer to 8"s. We checked at the pet store and, sure enough, there was a sign on the tank saying he could grow up to 24". We stopped his shrimp treats. The tank was so miserable looking that I couldn't bear to see him with no place to swim and my lone tetra lonely and miserable.
Good news! This Christmas our grown son gave us a 36 gallon beautiful tank and stand and helped set it up. We have added 4 new tetras who are so small that my special tetra has babies to look after. We have added 3 speckeled Mollies and Mr. Muggles, of course. The tank is beautiful. Query: I really would love to add those pretty miniature angel fish. Having had mean full size angels who killed each other off, would the miniatures be compatible with the rest of the tank? Suggestions for other types of fish? thanks so much, DaisyAnn :p