Hi, i think it would be super fun for some of us to share stories of fish that we had when we were kids, horror stories or not! I have a pretty bad one to share, and i promise that i would never, ever put a fish in these conditions again. It is a pretty cool story though..... So it all started when i was five years old. I was at a Halloween fair and managed to win SIX goldfish at the ring toss (or whatever game it was). We got home and plopped ALL SIX of these poor little guys in a two gallon tank. We put in a little gravel, plopped one of those glofish cave things in there, and filled the tank with non-dechlorinated water. Let me repeat that i was five years old at this time. I would feed them once every week or two, and my dad would fully clean out their tank like twice a year (take all the water out, rinse the gravel, and fill it up with more water straight from the tap (no dechlorinator used at all). Through time, they died one by one (my sister insists that one of my goldfish ate hers), and after about six months, only two were left: my two favorites, bigfin and monster. Now these guys are the toughest fish I've ever seen. This little tank was obviously too small, and there wasn't a filter in there. Fast forward a year, and those two fish are still alive, but we're out of goldfish flakes! My dad, being as cheap as he is, gave me a bag of crushed up cheerios to use as food. So that's what i used. Now they were being fed cheerios, and this lasted for 7 more years. Now it's been like 8 or 9 years, and my fish are still alive! I'm old enough at this point to tell my dad to off with the cheerios. They were finally eating normal flake food again! They survived after this for another year or two. My dad always joked that when these fish die, the apocalypse will start. They died during the whole 2012 thing, so it definitely put me on edge! These fish never exhibited any signs of disease (that i can remember), but obviously weren't very happy in the little dirty tank. I guess that the moral of this story is that even though a fish can survive in a dump like that, it doesn't mean that they're happy in there. I know all of you guys know that though! I would love to hear any childhood aquarium stories from you guys, heinous like mine or not!