I wasn't really sure where to put a post like this, but I thought I'd let you know who I am before I randomly ask a zillion questions. I do not currently own any fish. I recently set up a 10g that I am waiting to finish cycling before I get my fish.
When I was a kid my mom always had a tank that contained young fish that would grow way too big for the tank they were in. She away sold them when they got too big. I particularly remember 2 oscars we had in a 30g. The oscars were always my favorite because of how fun they were to watch. They never hid and always seemed interested when you approached them. It broke my heart when she sold them but I hope they ended up in a bigger tank.
So a couple years ago I thought I might want an oscar. Just one. After much research I realized I really didn't have the space for a tank big enough for an adult oscar. I canned the whole fish idea until around the beginning of this year when I started thinking about one of the smaller species of goldfish thinking I wouldn't need as big of a tank. I soon realized that wouldn't save me much space and since goldfish are more social I thought it would be mean to keep one singly. I didn't want more than one and a few would also need a huge tank. I also love training animals. Especially ones people think can't be trained and I always loved the videos of oscars and goldfish doing tricks. But do to size and money I again dropped the fish idea.
Recently I looked at the empty space on my desk while sitting right here on this computer and thought "I could fit a 10g up here, but what kind of fish is solitary and small enough to live in a tank like that?" so I got on google and searched "Small solitary fish". I know that sounds silly. I ended up on a yahoo questions website where someone asked a similar question. Most everyone that answered mentioned the betta. All I could picture was those fish in cups at the pet store, and the few people I knew in my life that had them in tiny bowls and vases. They just seemed to sit on the bottom and do nothing, yet people online said over and over that they were active and would come up to glass at feeding time or when their people would approach them. So I did a little research and quickly realized, I would probably sit and do nothing if I had no space, nothing to do and I was cold, too. So I read a bit more and one site had a video of a betta swimming through a hoop. I was sold. Looks like I finally found a match.
I have lots of questions. I hope everyone will help me out. I want to do this guy justice and avoid as many problems as possible, because this is my first tank and I don't him to suffer for that. I look forward to talking to you all.