Welcome to the forums! My first experience, hmm...I think i was probably around 7 or 8, and i think my mom bought me a neon tetra or a guppy, i dont remember, or maybe it was a goldfish. It was a little tank, i had a filter and an air pump with some gravel and decoration. Ever since that day, it has been non-stop fish crazy, but i could never keep them alive, they just kept dying. Finally, when i was a teenager, i saved up enough money to buy a big tank and bought my first baby oscar, i think i had that guy for a couple years, the most out of all my fishes. He was about 3" inches when i first got him, and when i gave him away to the petstore, he was about 9" inches. That was a very sad day for me, i almost cried, lol.
Anyway, it's been about a good 7-8 years hiatus since my first pet, it's nice to be back. In a way, it's a good thing, i'm a much more mature and knowledgeable pet enthusiast now.
thank you! thank you for taking time out of your day to post here! neon tetras are pretty little fish aren't they? hehe so are guppies! and goldfish are such cuties, they never fail to amuse me
buying your first oscar with your own money, what an accomplishment! haha i would have cried if i had to give him away too
i always tend to become very attached to my pets
i'm sure he was a very happy fish under your care why did you have to give him away?
i took home a 10 gallon tank along with some goldfish, a box filter and some rubber airline tube and an airpump from pet land discounts. i was told i have everytying i needed, including fish flakes.... everyone was dead over the course of the week thereafter. felt like a murderer... while pet land discounts closed a nice sale off me.
no dont feel like a murderer
sounds like you really tried to do things right
when i bought a fish the first time, i didn't even bother to get a filter or a ten gallon.. so don't feel bad :)
Welcome to the forum!! I was overwhelmed when I first joined too, so don't worry, it fades.
My first experience EVER was when I was 2 and my parents had a few goldfish... I don't really remember that too well though. My first BETTA experience was, well, not so good.
My brother received a Betta for his birthday, along with a 1/2 gallon tank, water conditioner, and some flake food. and, oh yeah, a super-sharp plastic plant & gravel. -_-
It was a gorgeous metallic blue VT, and he named it Fred. we never did water changes, and the house was freezing. We had no heater. The plant began to rust, but we didn't know that was bad so we left it. We only fed Fred once a week, and never did water changes. At some point or another, Fred died.
About seven years later, I joined this forum and got Winter and Peach. (they got a divided 10 gallon, thankfully) This was about six months ago. Then I got Merlin, back in October. Then Pi, for X-mas. About two days ago, I got Tesla. All of my fishies are well.
My earliest fish memory was back in the 60's. We were out one night and came home to find a dried up swordtail that had jumped out of our tank and onto the livingroom carpet. I remember the tank being moved to the diningroom after that
As kids we had swords, guppies, some kissing fish and some angel fish, cories and otos and my brother even had a piranha for awhile.