Old thread, but a good place as any to start. When I was a kid i had all kinds of animals, snakes, birds, several other reptiles, a dog, a hedgehog briefly, an ant farm, anybody remember those? You ordered them in the mail form the back of a magazine and you got the ants in a little tube next to ice pack that kept them cold.... And of course aquariums, this one kept my interest throughout high school and around 18 I had a nano saltwater tank with a maroon clownfish and some companions, a freshwater community tank with my favorite honey gouramis. Once had a tank with banana plants and whatever else that incandescent light managed to keep alive (not much I don't think). I know I made a lot of mistakes back then... Fast forward a little over ten years and I'm just getting back into the hobby. Set up a new 10gal about two months ago and I wish I had found this forum before I did. I guess I missed A LOT in that time, went through a rough patch in my life (about the whole ten years...) and I only knew what I remembered from my past. But its cool to have found a bunch of people here with the same interests as me.