I think I started around 12 when I got my own room. I didnt know much, neither did my parents so I spent many years not taking very good care..didnt know about the nitrogen cycle and had many deaths. Although some how by accident I managed to have a bala shark in a 5 gallon for like 5 years with 4 other fish. Then they all got fungus and died. But now I know a lot more and my fish are MUCH happier for it.
I started when I was about 21 - 22 I'm 24 now - so that hasn't been so long ... but still, I feel like I have learned so much during such a short period of time. Most of the learning can be attributed to this wonderful forum
Okay I will admit to being ancient. I was 55 when I bought my first fish from my cousin for my 56th birthday. It was a Beautiful Blue Betta and of course I made the horrible mistake of putting him in a BETTA BOWL. I took him out of the thing within a week and gave him a 5 gallon tank as I couldn't stand to see him in that tiny thing. I have literally learned everything I know about keeping fish from the wonderful people I have met here and the information they have steered me to. I do love this site.
I was 7 when my sister and I got our goldfish. After that, we were addicted. When I was 10, Dad bought me a 10 gallon tank and some guppys. I loved them, but if I had known about Bettas back then, I would have had one of them.
I used to have goldfish in a bowl in my room when I was 5 or 6 then aged 11 I got my first like 7gallon tank with coldwater fish which I kept for years until they got too big and went into my neighbours massive pond, then about 2 months ago I went tropical and it is one of the best investments I have ever made!
I love my tank!
-My parents didnt get it until I got the new light which showed up the smaller fish to perfection and now they understand how beautiful a tank can be!
Well, I killed who knows how many Goldfish and a few other fish between the ages of like 6 and 11. :'( When I was I think 13 I decided to keep tropicals, but I actually did a bunch of research and found this site so I know how to keep fish properly now.
I actually started when I was around 8. One of my neighbours gave away his guppy fries. And I had the chance to have one. I kept it in a 1/2 litre bottle without knowing much about the conditions fishes require. It died soon after.