Hello I 'm Merri. I sort of fell into fish keeping a few months ago. I have cats, and as winters in my area of the USA are very long, I decided to get "the furkids" a fish tank to keep them entertained. They made the transition from drooling over the birds in the yard (from behind the security of a window), to sitting for hours in front of the tank. The fish don't seem to mind the feline noseprints on the glass. In fact, I have two fish who stare right back at 'em. . I started out with two goldfish in a twenty gallon tank. The furkids loved them, and quite soon, so did I. But the goldfish started growing, and I could see that a 20 gallon tank was to them, like being stuck in a broom closet. They needed more space. That's when I started to read, and found out my concerns for them were valid. A bigger tank was in order. About that time I suddenly lost two of my four cats, one to sudden illness, the second dying of grief at the loss of the first. So now I was down to two furkids, and two little goldfish faces staring out at me from a too-small tank. I decided to increase my goldies' tank to a 55 gallon. Yes, they do have names: Sparky and The Flash. Sparky is a calico fancy female, and The Flash is a tangerine colored male. Yeah, I named my fish.. I'm an ol lady so humor me, please So now the goldies were in a big tank, with plenty of room to swim, at least for a while. I added a common pleco (which will soon be re-homed, as I now know he's going to become a REALLY big boy, pretty quick. My bad for not doing homework before buying! ) I have added 10 zebra danios to the tank, so the goldies would have something to do besides beg for food. They seem to enjoy " the 'lil guys" and everyone gets along quite well.. All fins are intact and the tank is pleasantly active. The other day I added a tiny albino bristlenose pleco.. After looking at pics of his species, I named him Grover. Grover shouldn't get much bigger than the goldies. If he does, well.. I can always get a bigger tank. Because the gf are especially "dirty" tankmates I do change filters more often than is normally necessary for a community tank. I also have an Eheim vaccuum wand and vaccuum the substrate daily. The fish are so used to my efforts that none of them so much as bat an eye when the maid shows up. In fact, knock on wood, the tank is doing well. If the finkids start to bump elbows I suppose I will have to consider getting a bigger tank than a 55 gallon, but for now, we're good. I plan to upgrade my filter so this tank's tenants don't start complaining about each others' bad breath or smelly fins.. In spite of myself, the waterbabies I originally bought to entertain my kitties have found a place in my heart. So here I am, ready to learn.