So I want to find out how and when my fellow fish lovers got hooked into the hobby (pun intended)
Mine is an interesting tale. I started off wanting a pet so badly and my best friend and her roommate have fish (angelfish and rainbow sharks, so cool) and I would often go over to their dorm room and visit (I had graduated and have my own apartment at this point) I guess I was mesmerized by the fish and wanted my own.
My current roommate had an old bowfront 2.5 from when a friend had asked her to fish sit... btw the fish died at the hands of my roommate... anyway I did research but apparently not enough because I took home three long finned gold zebra danios. They were doing swimmingly (again pun intended) until one died and I replaced him and then they all slowly started dying of a mysterious infection that no one knew what it was or how to treat it! I was crushed... I had a snail in there too, he survived. I had even set up a hospital tank for my next to last fish so I could treat him without hurting the snail and put so much time and effort into trying to save him but I couldn't. So I had but one Zebra left named Quirk. I loved him so much cause he was special to me and then one morning I woke up and he was gone... I cried so much and I thought about just breaking the tank down forever cause I thought it was all my fault and that I just couldn't keep fish alive. I used to have fish when I was younger too but they all died too soon. Catfish died because I knew nothing about cycling or water conditioner (it was my parent's idea) and my Betta (sip Jazz) died by accident (I still beat myself up about that).
Finally the urge not to be alone tugged at me again a few weeks later and at the urging of my fish loving best friend I went out to petsmart with her once again. This time I was really scared and nervous cause I didn't want to make the same mistake. I asked lots of questions... I was going to get a molly or a couple of guppies but I was told a Betta would be best for my setup. So I wandered over to the Bettas and looked. I was overwhelmed and cranky from still grieving over Quirk. Then I found Jacob... at first I was reluctant but he looked a lot like Jazz so I picked him up and it just felt right. I was talking to him and he was a lively fellow so home we went. Well that was in April and now I have three healthy boys to call my own.
I knew I was hooked when I was talking to my mom and the topic of birthday and Christmas came up and I said I really want the API master test kit cause I'm a science geek and it makes me feel better knowing all my water params
I use the API ammonia tester now
. I guess I'm hooked!