OK. Follow up question then. How many of us here, who practice enlightened aquarium husbandry of course, started as that 13 year old with a goldfish or a betta, and just got hooked?
I'll go first. My first tank was a 10 gallon. I was 12 and this was well over 40 years ago. We filled it with aged water, some decorations and a corner filter, and threw in 15 or 20 of the prettiest fish we saw. When the population got low, or the angels killed the other inhabitants, we'd go the the fish store and get some more. I kept that tank for 3 years and only took it down when we moved.
By today's standards, I'm ashamed of myself, but I would bet that many if not most of us here started this hobby in a state of ignorance and our pets suffered for it until we learned enough to take care of them properly.
What about you all? How did you start out?