When I was smaller, I really wanted a fish, because my dad was/is a fish person himself. He had a community tank in the family room that he took care of, and I was fascinated with all of the tetras and cories swimming around in there. He also bred electric blue/yellow cichlids. I learned all of my basic fish knowledge from him.
So one day I asked him for a good beginner's fish (I was about... seven or so.)
And we went to the petstore and picked up a 2.5 gallon bowl, heater, gravel, plants, etc. A week later I got my first fish. Darwin, who was a purple/pink/green VT.
I didn't know I would still have the Betta Bug 6 years later. o.o