Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: south eastern PA
My first exposure to fish keeping ended rather tragically (I suspect a lot of people's do).
It was quite a few years ago, I was about 7 or 8 years old and my mother had a habit of using me as an excuse to do "child things" like go to Disney World, see kiddish movies I wasn't interested in, and.. get a fish tank. Got a 20 gallon set up with a fish-less cycle then she decieded to "test if it was safe" by buying a big fat orange goldfish and plopping it in. After a day it wasn't dead so she went to get our "real fish", my mom got dalmatian mollies (about 5-7) and a common pleco (1-2 inches long). Well they went in the tank in the morning with the large goldfish still there and by the time we got home for dinner the goldfish has killed ALL the mollies and eaten parts off of some of them. Then before bed that night I pulled the pleco out of the tank and put him in a large bowl with tank water because the goldfish was harassing him to death, biting and chasing all over the tank. The pleco tragically had been too severally wounded already, he barely moved in the bowl and died soon after while I was still watching him. I felt so terrible for the pleco that I wasn't able to do anything to save it. After that the goldfish was killed and the tank drained and abandoned in the basement.
As tragic as that was, it seeded my love for plecos and a strong desire to have a successful tank as an adult. My tank is nearly a year old now and all the fish doing quite well. I have a Sailfin pleco that I hope to keep alive and happy for a long time to make up for the loss of the one as a child.