Chick-In-Of-TheSea Posted October 20, 2022 Share Posted October 20, 2022 On 10/20/2022 at 11:08 AM, Patrick_G said: Round one: I got started as a kid in the 70s because my mom was into pets of all sorts. I often had tank or two in my bedroom and my mom had a 75 in the family room. Round two: After not having a tank for a while I got into cichlids because they were cool and a few of my friends kept them. I did some breeding and it was fun but eventually lost interest in my college years. My journey is like Patrick's. We always seemed to have a 10g tank. Had one as a kid, then when I was like 10-ish we got a 20g hex. Also had a 10g in high school. Then I went off to college; I think I may have given the fish away to neighbors that had fish tanks? After college I started up the 29g and had cichlids. Then moved from PA to FL. The fish in a bucket w/ airstone - well, there was some loss on the trip. From what I could see, some were aggressive towards others in the bucket. 😞 Anyway I set up the tank in FL and added the fish I had and then bred mbunas. My brother found that his convicts had a love affair also, so we were breeding those too. Then I moved again, several times, once again adopting the fish out to other hobbyists - and it was a number of years before starting the tank back up. I did that after I bought my first home. Eased back in with a 10g and got just a few swordtails. Then next thing you know, my friend got in trouble with the landlord for having a fish tank and he didn't know what to do, so he brought all those fish to me. So then, what do you know, my 10g is now overstocked. Fortunately still had the 29g and the stand at my parents' house. Dusted that off, halfway filled it, monitored it. Ok great, no leaks. Added substrate, decor, filtration - we are rolling baby! And filled the rest of the way up with water. (Fish not moved from 10 g yet) Now time to chill. Sit down, watch some TV... the next day... I heard crrrrack... ok, what was that? Went to the tank... puddle forming on the floor. Oh man, the tank is compromised! Hastily drained it (thank you, Python) and got everything out ASAP. My husband carried it to the curb with what little water it had left in it and on his way to the curb THE BOTTOM OF THE TANK FELL OUT. So then I had to go to the store & get a new tank. And then eventually another one. And then a tote-aquarium... and so on... and all this was probably TMI. End of ramble. 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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