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When did you start your fish

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

  1. 12 and under

    37.7%
  2. teenager 13-17

    35.8%
  3. college/middle ages 18-24

    11.3%
  4. younge adult 25-40

    9.4%
  5. adulte 41-59

    5.7%
  6. retired or older 60+

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. atmmachine816

    atmmachine816 Fishlore VIP Member

    just curious when people started ther hobby
     
  2. OP
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    atmmachine816

    atmmachine816 Fishlore VIP Member

    i started at age 13
     
  3. OP
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    atmmachine816

    atmmachine816 Fishlore VIP Member

    when did everybody else start
     
  4. E

    EmpPleco Well Known Member Member

    I've wanted to since I was 16, but I just started this year ;) 19 years old
     
  5. n

    newbie101 Well Known Member Member

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

    beckers4oranges Valued Member Member

    19 years young
     
  7. d

    dano569 Valued Member Member

    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.
     
  8. P

    Parvath New Member Member

    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 dont 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
     
  9. J

    Jon Well Known Member Member

    when i was 10 or so i started but not seriously until recently.
     
  10. 0morrokh

    0morrokh Fishlore VIP Member

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

    gammerus Well Known Member Member

    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
     
  12. n

    newbie101 Well Known Member Member

    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 :'(
     
  13. 0morrokh

    0morrokh Fishlore VIP Member

    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... :'(
     
  14. gammerus

    gammerus Well Known Member Member

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

    newbie101 Well Known Member Member

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

    fish_r_friend Well Known Member Member

    just the day after Christmas My B-DAy
     
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    atmmachine816

    atmmachine816 Fishlore VIP Member

    That's cool
     
  18. k

    kerryve Valued Member Member

    My dad bought me a 10g 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!
     
  19. J

    Joe G Valued Member Member

    MY FIST TANK 30 GALLON TROPICAL
     
  20. A

    Allie Fishlore VIP Member

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

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