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Wow, interesting question. As it turns out I was looking for a cheaper hobby than working on cars - did not know what I wanted to do.
Youngest daughter comes home with a snail from school " I want to keep it, PLEASE". Ok, I guess.
Oldest daughter is into Betta fish and tells me I have to do better than just dumping the mystery snail into a 1 gallon glass jar and ignoring it. So, I start learning how to keep it alive. Then she brings home another snail from a friend that can't keep the one she got from school. Now I have 2 snails to keep alive. Well, about a year later, here I am.
 

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I had a globe tank when I was little that had three Neon Tetras, they lived quite a long time but since I didn't know much about keeping fish they didn't live as long as they could have. Now as a senior in high school I am just now starting an aquarium, this time with proper plants and bioload.
 

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I started with a 3 gallon Marineland Eclipse tank. I kept 12 white cloud mountain minnows and 4 black neon tetras in it. I faithfully did 50-80% water changes on it every week. I got a 2nd tank, one of those 1.5 tetra cubes. I kept 2 albino cories (that bred somehow), 8 zebra danios. Well,the zebra danios made a break for it down the drain as I was cleaning their tank, just jumped from the counter I had the tank on, straight down the drain. I moved all the fish in the 3 gallon into a 10 gallon. Then added platies. Then discovered the "joy" of overpopulation and Noah's ark syndrome, in having 2 of each kind of fish. Then I finally wised up. All the fish had passed on to the great pond in the sky except for 2 of the black neon tetras. I kept those suckers alive for over 6 years. They lived until I was upgrading their tank from a 20 high to a 29 gallon and forgot to add the water dechlorinator. So, that was a LONG time ago. Not going to say HOW LONG, because it isn't polite to ask a lady her age! I now have....11 tanks. (taking 1 down soon) I keep Shrimp, 2 varieties of endlers, dwarf crays, and 2 bettas. plus a odd number of mystery snails.
 

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Started in Hawaii in elementary school with the same 3 gallon bowfront eclipse that I have now for (eventually) opae ula.
Back then my dad would take me down to the harbor and we would catch yellow tang and rockfish with shrimp.
...in my defense I was 7.
 

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I had two aquariums a long, long time ago as an educational venture for my son, who is now a grown man as an indicator of how long ago that was. I did the best I could back then. I am a video artist, so I had purchased 5 blue guppies to create a performance video that focused on memory. My great-grandmother was well-known in some circles for her blue guppies. I have no idea of what kind there were other than pretty and blue. I used be allowed to help her sort them when I was around 5 years old. In January after I made the video I tried to find a committed home for them, which is a tall order out here where I live in the desert. So I decided to keep them for myself. I began to search the internet to learn about how to care for them properly, how to cycle, and all of that. I lost all but one blue guppy, and have since acquired others of completely different types/colors. I saw Takashi Amano's tank styles and fell in love with the idea of creating a planted tank that emulates nature. So even though I only have a 20 gallon for now, I have a beautifully landscaped habitat. I want the best life for my fellahs and their tank mates, so I'm researching all the time. I love to watch them. I feel as if they're an important part of my life now. I'm hooked! I plan to get a larger aquarium as soon as I can make the monetary investment. Graduate school is taking all of my money right now. I'd like to have one that's at least a 125 gallon. I can't wait!
 

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I had a couple of tanks that had been used for a snake and gecko. They both passed a while back and the tanks were sitting empty for a few years. During this time my wife and I had a couple of kids and they recently reached the age where they started showing interest in fish. We had the tanks so I figured, "Why not?". I had no idea what I was getting into.

I selected one of the tanks and immediately noticed some chunks missing from the silicone. The years of service in a herp environment had taken its toll. So I found some videos on how to reseal a tank and did so. Then I set up the tank with a bunch of fake plants and sunken pirate ships because that is what the kids wanted. We got our fish and I thought I was finished. Then the itch struck.

I started eyeing live plants and fell down the rabbit hole. First a couple of moss balls went in (yes, I know they aren't actual moss). Then a Java fern. Then some actual moss. Then an Amazon sword. The next thing I know I'm replacing the basic gravel with a more plant friendly substrate and dosing Excel. Then came a little more demanding pants and pressurized CO2. Over a few months the aquarium quickly went from "something for the kids" to "Daddy's hobby".

The second tank is still sitting empty. Intentionally trying to ignore it.
 

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I always used to have goldfish in goldfish bowl when I was young and then when I was 14 I started working at a LFS and that's where I really got into it. 15 years later I'm still in the hobby. My son, who's now 7, just started his first tank...10 gallon planted tank with some neons. I hope that when he's my age he can get his kids into the hobby as well.
 

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If I were visting this planet from some distant place I would enjoy aquriums most of all. I'm sure of it. It would be the one souvenier I'd keep. My imagination can not come up with anything more beautiful than aquariums.

I remember being completely mesmorized with the aquarium at the dentists office and the soft humming sound of the filter. It was teaming with plants and little fish. I was 3 years old. Next memory was an aquarium paperweight filled with water and plants. I found and still find that aquariums allow me to disengage with reality and find serenity. Early memories of catching minos and cray fish in a bucket.
 

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A long time ago in a galaxy somewhere south of Malibu and north of the Repubic of Santa Monica...

My parents had a book called Exotic Aquarium Fishes by William T. Innes, © 1934. As a child I was facinated by the color plates (drawings) of the "exotic" fish. I think we started out with a 5g tank and guppies. Eventually, we had four aquariums running at one time. One of my favorites was a brackish tank with an archer fish (Toxotes jaculator), a Scat (Scatphagus argus), and a Monodactylus argenteus.

When I was in the first year of high school a neighbor suggested I try a salt water aquarium and offered to show me how. He took me to some tide pools in Malibu and we waded out a little ways. He started turning over rocks, but didn't tell me what he was looking for. BTW, this was legal then. It isn't now.

Suddenly he started chasing something and came up with a small octopus in the palm of his hand. We took it home and I kept it for about three months. Fed it live crabs caught at the beach. When I got tired of that I released it back into the ocean. I managed to get a photo of it about to pounce on a crab. This is the only version I still have. The background was knocked out in Photoshop. Not sure what happened to the negative. It was amazing to watch it tiptoe up to the crab and then pounce on it. All that was left of the crab was little bits of shell being expelled from its exhale tube.



Later in high school cars, sailing, and photography superseded aquariums.

The technology has changed a lot since those days, but yeast-driven CO2 was being done back then. The only tests I recall having were pH test strips and a hydrometer.
 

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Went to the aquarium with my daughter for the first time and she loved it; so we decided to buy her some fish. Bought a 10 gallon and stocked it with 5 platies and 5 mollies. Even waited the recommend 24 hour s before adding them. A week later all but 4 died and my googling led me here. Having to give up my car hobby for the moment i easily switched to this one. I've only been keeping fish/inverts for about 4 months but i already have a 40b, 20b 2 emersed tubs and working on getting 3 more 10 gallons to start breeding shrimp. My wife allowed me to keep the 40/20 in the living room (mostly because it would be impossible to move) but the rest have been moved into the old laundry room closet aka the shrimp cave.
 

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This is a nice topic, for my first post.

It is a rather funny story, I totally blame my girlfriend for starting. We moved in together and she desperately wanted a pair of goldfish, I didn't like the idea because they obviously need a big tank and in our apartment it wasn't feasible. One day I arrived home and I see a bowl with two goldfish, no filter, just two fish in a 1g bowl. I was shocked and told her they would never make it to the end of the year. I obviously overestimated the 'setup' because they died after two weeks.

She really wanted an aquarium and so I tricked her a bit into buying a tropical aquarium (since I don't like goldfish that much). So we bought a 10g aquarium, I really want a big one but it isn't possible due to the limited space. I'll elaborate more about the exact setup and fish once I have taken some nice pictures.

But the whole point of the story, it is my girlfriend's fault, which means she can never complain about it because she started it. :D
 

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My 4th grade teacher had an aquarium in the classroom. I got in trouble a couple times for watching the fish when I should have been paying attention to class, yet here I 20 years later still staring at the fish.
 

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made the horrible msitage off purring a cory in with turtles thinking it would be great and then had to save it and give it a tank of its own(30 gal). Then i got more and more fish. Then I bred fish and now I have a 65 and a 30. that mistake became my hobby, and in my opinion it was the best mistake I ever made.

Bump: mistake and putting ,sorry
 

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Had fish as a kid in my parents basement in the city....moved to the country in my teen years and was to busy being a reckless kid and chasing girls.
Now I'm older and married with kids that are getting older and need a more relaxing hobby.....a few weeks ago we inherited some neglected fish and have just completed rehab to full recovery in a new home. My daughter and I have been having lots of fun with it and enjoy our frequent trips to the local shops to see whats new.....
 

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I got a 10 gallon metal frame tank for my 9th birthday and was just as unhappy the plants died as when fish died. Have always wanted to see fish swimming in and around a lush planted tank. The loose leaf binder fish book I got in 1963 had pictures of amazing plants and now I have some of those longed for species! Wanted hairgrass, Marsilea and Brazilian Pennywort and now they are mine.

For 15 years had to settle for plastic foliage from the five and dime and then fake fresh water aquatic plants from the pet store for a scape my fish could swim around and through. Tank was put away for 5 years then a 3' wall opened up in the living room and I found a SeaclearII at a garage sale with 2 fluorescent bulbs and was off and running. That tank ended up with 6x30 watts of T12 and was definitely many shades of green. I didn't care that there was algae as plants thrived. Tried DIY CO2 and was hooked. Found room for a 5' tank on a different wall in 2000 and have been big tanking it since.
 

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My sister and her husband gifted me with a 10 gallon tank when I was a youngling. Somehow, I ended up with all the family aquariums, including the 20 sis had.

Of course, I wanted angelfish right off the bat. I only reluctantly caved and got neons, cories, and...scissortails instead. And later added guppies. Eventually (like 5 months later) I scored my angelfish, passing on all the guppies. My first foray into live plants was a piece of anacharis that snuck in with a goldfish. It grew. Some sort of strange irony that I can't keep anacharis alive now to save myself.
 

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When I was young I remember my dad set up a tank and I loved helping him with it, but I also remember him coming home after a hard day of work and he would put a pillow on the floor and just lay down and look up at his tank and unwind. My mom said it was his therapy.

He passed away in 1998 and I was going through a stressful time, so my mom mentioned my dad and the fish tank, I set up a 20 gallon FW and haven't been without a tank since. Started with a 20 gallon then 75 gallon, 220 gal saltwater and now we just converted the 220 to a planted. It's only 3 weeks old still cycling and no fish yet, but I got the plants in and I'm actually enjoying the tank just like it is.
 

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I had a gross, sad, overstocked Noah's Ark of a 10 gallon tank for a couple years in high school then got away from the hobby when I went to college. Fast forward a couple years after getting my degree and moving out on my own, and I'm helping a friend of a friend move out of an apartment. He was selling his already set-up 29 gallon planted tank with about 7 fish in it. I buy it and the inhabitants, do some research on the fish species, find out that they thrive in a planted tank, and then I got the bug. Haven't stopped. My MTS is currently at 5 current tanks from 10-90 gallons, and I have 5 more tanks stacked up in my garage for future expansion.
 
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