I got in to the hobby by research. I bought a betta and I didnt realize the care needed for them. When I figured out what he needed, I went out of my way to make some money and find a tank on Craiglist. I found a full setup with fish AND a stand and got it for $40. To pay back my dad, i sold both my old iPods on [Ebay Link Removed] Slowly but surely I have made a budget tank. It went from a corny reef looking tank to a beautiful iwagumi scape. Now, of course Im still on a budget, but Im diving in deeper. Medtech planted tank. More fish, snails, shrimp. And Im very proud of it
I cant say I have never failed though. 2.5g tank, with a silver dollar, guppies, mollies, neons, snails, a dwarf puffer!? Yes. I did it.
Now, Im finishing my 15g and working on a plan for another. A 7.9g wild betta tank. A reverse trio of albis. And after that, a dwarf puffer tank. I cant wait.
No, this isnt a "hobby", "passion", or pet, its a lifestyle. Once you really get in to it it is hard to quit. Harder to quit then to get into it. Its worth the time, the money, and the effort, because its a black hole
And now with forums, we all have each other. The ups and the downs, the diseases, the algae, the dead tank or the live tank, we all have help.