Unlike the majority of people, I was never allowed any sort of pet as a child. No family dog, no family cat, nothing. When I was very little, there was a "turtle craze" among the local Asian community and my grandma came home with 4 baby red eared slider turtles, one for each of her youngest grandchildren (Me, my brother and two cousins). The two went to my cousins and my brother and I got 2. They started out in one of those tiny reptile bowls. Once they outgrew it, they got a bigger tank (I think 30-40G?) that was put on a chest of drawers type thing in our kitchen, IR lamp and everything. Then they got a BIGGER tank, 55-65G and it had to go on a stand. My dad loves symmetrical things so we got a matching tank and stand and put fish in the other one. I don't remember much about that tank other than we had ENORMOUS Tinfoil Barbs when my dad gave up on the hobby (too many deaths, my mom kept getting more for feng shui reasons -_-). Our turtles were given away to this nice man who ADORED them. He had a huge pond for them and let them walk around the place like my dad did.
Fast forward to first year university. Our family had been pet-less for about 5 years-ish. Our animal behaviour lab was giving away goldfish, bettas and zebra danios. Obviously the bettas went first, so I ended up getting two goldfish, Zippo and Blotch. These guys were tinier than tiny. I kept hem comfortably in one of those "Marina Betta Kits" (Now my QT). I changed their water everyday until they got a little bigger. I then asked my dad to help me buy a new tank for them, we came home with my 2.5 Gallon tank (Now my cursed tank) and they lived extremely happily. Since I was in residence, I couldn't get a huge tank for them, I also didn't know any better. After 1 year in residence, I took them home where I commuted to university. They lived or another two years, then Zippo passed away. My mum (ugh) bought me Nigel to keep Blotch company because Blotch would NOT leave Zippo's body alone, and attacked me several times as I tried to scoop it out. Unfortunately Blotch HATED Nigel, chased him around and eventually died as well. My mum (AGAIN) bought Nigel a friend, Dea. They lived in my cursed tank until I moved into my current apartment last year, now they live in an 8 Gallon BiOrb.
My 2.5 Cursed tank was empty, and I didn't like it just hanging around, so I researched what I could fit in there. I found this forum, stalked it for a couple of weeks to gain information, then went to go purchase a Red/Blue Multi-VT with a heater and a new silk plant. I fell in love with him INSTANTLY, if any of you knew me long enough to have read Shimmoo's Memorial, you would know why. He was pretty much like a curious kitten. I was extremely upset after he died 10 days after I got him.
I decided to put my hobby on hold because I was going on vacation for 2 weeks and didn't want to leave a new betta unattended (Nigel and Dea were fed by boyfriend at the time). I came back, bought a 5 gallon kit and bought HongBo. He was like the puppy I never had as a kid, so active, bright personality, everything. I knew then, I was bitten by the betta bug. My cursed tank was itching at me, sitting there being empty. About 2 months later I bought MeiLin home. My tanks were full and I was satisfied. A few months later again, MeiLin's tank started leaking, so I temporarily fixed it with duct tape and went to get a 3 Gallon, After my neon tetra episode, I hated that tank so I got a copy of my 5 Gallon.
I had learned about divided tanks and was curious. Lelouch came home after an impulse buy at a Petsmart in the next city over. First it was Lelouch and Lin sharing, then after their incident I made Lelouch and HongBo share. HongBo was too dominant for Lelouch even through a divider so I put HongBo in my cursed tank for the weekend because I couldn't get the dividers to work out well and was running out of ideas. Cursed tank claims HongBo's life. I was devastated. I officially stared calling it my "cursed tank" because it has taken the lives of 4 fish to date. I cried for a week, thinking it was just a bad dream and that I would wake up to find HongBo wiggling at me the next day.
Lelouch and Meilin enjoyed their own 5 Gallons until I fell in love with Skittles and Starburst on Aquabid. It took a lot of guts but I ended up bidding and winning them. I re-split the tanks, got two new hiding places. It felt like FOREVER for them to arrive. I ended up getting Redbeard, a red male CT for my brother in his own 5 Gallon bowfront. Unfortunately Redbeard also passed quickly, like Shimmoo. I returned the body and got Redbeard II (Just call him Redbeard, though) and a couple of live pants.
Skittles and Starburst FINALLY arrived and I was acclimating them to their tanks. A few days later, I ended up getting a 1Gal cube and brought Mali home. Sadly, Lelouch started mysteriously acting emo, and passed away 2 days later. I didn't have time to mourn him (he has no memorial on this forum) because I had to go up to my grandma's that weekend and was very stressed.
Now, Skittles and Mali share a tank and MeiLin and Starburst share the other.
...That 1 gal cube is starting to stare at me >_>