It all started in Sep. 2009. After my neighbor gave my little sister a goldfish they won at the carnival and she brought it home. At first i was angry, told her to give it back as i knew nothing of fish keeping, except that they live in water. But being as adamant as she is, we decided to keep it. After seeing 2 inches of life struggling around in a little bag, and being the gracious person that i am, i decided to help the fish.
I ran to the fish store like a chicken with his head cut off and asked the salesperson on how to keep this fish i got. she gave me a 1g tank, and no advise. so i came back, filled it up with tap water, and dumped the fish in it.
After a few days, it seemed as the fish was doing fine, but just to make sure i started reading about fish on the net. and read about various things on how to keep them. i figured out i was making a mistake by putting it in a 1gal tank.
So i made a purchase of a 36g tank, but while that tank was still being delivered, my goldfish started struggling, it has black marks near its gills and started gasping for oxygen, so i ran back to fish store, told the same salesperson the story and she thought it was ich
. i listened to her and bought ich medicine, it didnt help.
After 1 week of struggling, it fell victim to the infamous "ammonia poisoning". ( a very sad day
So as condolences to the fish world, i became a member here, and started reading, and reading for 2 months straight. now i know enough to help someone else like me. Feel Free to ask!
heres my tank when first setup:
after 15 plants, and 6 Zebra Danios: