When did you start your fish

When did you start your fish keeping hobby and were able to take care of the fish by yourself no hel

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just curious when people started ther hobby

I started at age 13

when did everybody else start


I've wanted to since I was 16, but I just started this year 19 years old


I had a small 1 gallon tank with 2 goldfish when I was about 6-7 (I killed about 5 goldfish and 1 betta :'( sorry), now I'm back with a 10 gallon


19 years young


I was 10 or 11 when I started I kept fish for about 2 years.then I didn't have anymore until I was 21.


My dad has an aquarium back home in India. We have a small lake nearby our home and its also a place where you find fisherman catching fishes for their lively hood. When I was a kid I would be running behind them to give me a couple of fishes. I don't know what kind of fishes they were.. I think they were either Rohu or Katla fish. And the aquarium we had was filled with tap water.we never treated or tested the water cause I never knew anything about that. Surprisingly they were pretty hardy

I am 27 now and I got an aquarium like a month ago.. so far so good


when I was 10 or so I started but not seriously until recently.


I killed quite a few Goldies and a Betta ( :'() when I was young. But this summer I set up a real tank.


I got some fish when I was younger painted glass fish (I learned later of their origins) but I got my first betta when I was about 12-13


I killed quite a few Goldies and a Betta ( :'() when I was young.  But this summer I set up a real tank.
exact same with me, I had won a goldfish at the fair when I was like 6 and kept him in a big gallon jar filled with hose water and fed him lettuce then a couple days later me and my dad got him a 1 gallon tank with undergravel filtration and an air pump, and some goldfish food. Every week we would take the whole tank outside, put the goldfish into a container, rinse out the whole tank, and put Goldy back in. After a while he died, no surprise, and I got 2 more (hey 28 cents, who cares if one dies! :-\) and it kept on, dying, getting 1 or 2 more, then I got a betta to put in with the current goldfish and the betta died the next evening :'( I still have that little tank...reminds me of "way back when" :-\...it is really dirty now because my little brother drew on the tank with permanent marker, used it as a shovel in the garden, etc. But I saved the air pump and am going to use it for my new betta, who WILL have adequate housing, a heater, a filter, and everything else he could want :'(


I think a lot of people have Goldfish-killing stories, unfortunately. :-\ I started when I was young with a goldfish in an un-filtered tiny plastic container, he didn't last too long, you all know how it goes... :'( Then a few years later I got a 10-gallon tank with a filter, but the Goldfish all died anyway since I knew nothing about water changes or cycling or anything. :'( I also tried keeping a few Chinese Algae Eaters in there...you can guess how long they lasted. Ditto the snail. :'( Oh yeah, I also was dumb enough to believe that you could keep a Betta in like a 1 quart jar, he lived like a few days. :'(Well anyway I gave up after a couple years. But then I missed having fish, so thanks to everyone on here I have a 10 gallon tropical tank and I haven't killed any fish yet, and I am planning on getting another tank. ;D I am also planning to get Bettas (female), and they will get MUCH better housing than the one I had before... :'(


the only bad luck I ever had with fish was picking the wrong ones...those painted glass fish lasted only a few months...


not surprisingly...did you read Isabellas posts on fish dyeing?


just the day after Christmas My B-DAy


That's cool


My dad bought me a 10 gallon tank when I was 4, I just liked looking at all the pretty fish, but obviously he did everything for me, but I learnt pretty quickly that white spots or a fungus or somethig like that was not good, I started looking after my own fish from about 7 or 8, still making a few mistakes like over loading my tank, I once put koi in with my betta, they seemed ok, but my dad shouted at me and I quickly removed them... hehe. Betta was ok, he seemed happy to have some friends!

Joe G



We got into fish in the spring of 2006. So two years now...seem like we've always had tanks tho.


Lets see.. my son was 1 when my mother got him his tank.. he is 6 now... 2003, its been 5 years... I had my first tank as a teenager though when I was 14...


I had a tank when I was younger but mother had to help change the water, lol.


I started around 12 or 13 by helping my Dad maintain his 55 gallon and his goldfish pond. Since then I've had a couple of twenties and a 55 of my own. So I've been messing with the hobby for almost 29 years.


just started 2 year ago and just finished cycling my 2nd tank
love being called young adult lol


I had goldfish for about 5 years when I was younger (somehow they managed to stay alive that long even though I knew nothing about how to take care of them).
I got started into real fishkeeping about 15 months ago when I was given a 20 gallon tank full of fish.


I have had aquariums for 40 years.....But never took it as seriois as I do these days..... My equipment has improved 100% and my fish do very well because of it.....


I started when I was 11.


I was 9 when I first had a 3 gal tank and raised a tadpole from egg to full grown toad. Then I got a turtle at 10. Then someone gave me a tank for the turtle and I already had one so I put fish in it. so 11ish


My first tank was a 7.5gal (Still have it) for my 11th birthday.


LOL ... I got my first betta right after I turned 18 I think, but I voted 17 cause I didn't want to think about "middle age"!!


I can take care of them myself but my dad helps me a lot ecspecialy when I knock up my plants when I'm trying to net fish. My tank is 30 in deep which is basically up to my waist, so there's no way my arms are long enough. My dad is a foot taller than me.


just got mine at age 12


I started when I was 10 or 11. My mom bought me a blue fighting fish with a bowl. At that time, I knew nothing about it but all I knew was just to feed it everyday. When it died a few months later, I cried so much!

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