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I moved in with my boyfriend in the spring of 2005. His two labs were our only pets. Don't get me wrong, I adore the dogs, and they certainly commanded a lot of time but I wished we had another family member. I found myself wanting a betta, as I figured a small tank setup wouldn't take up much space, and I probably wouldn't be overwhelmed by tank maintenance. My boyfriend said no. There were to be no more pets in our house, and if I brought home a fish, the fish would be flushed. I figured he was bluffing, but I wasn't going to risk calling him on it.
I pestered him on occasion about it, but the end of 2005 still found me without a fish and with more threats of flushing. I continued talking about a fish through 2006. Come the end of December, he finally caved and took me shopping to pick out a tank as a Christmas present. I still had my sights set on a betta, but he told me I could pick out any tank I wanted as long as there was room in the house and the floor could support it. I was still nervous about getting a bigger tank, as he said it would be my tank, my responsibility, but he said he would help me with it if I needed assistance. We didn't purchase a tank that night, but we got ideas. The next day, we went to a few stores and found a beautiful 29 gallon tank and stand at a local fish store.
Once the tank was going and ready for fish, I picked out a mix of fish that I now know really isn't ideal. However, everybody was getting along pretty well and seemed happy, so I kept everyone and went with it. I think most people with fish knowledge would have concerns over compatability and overstocking, so my tank may not be setting a very good example. I have been fortunate that my fish tend to get along with each other though, and it's a pretty peaceful tank (sometimes my barbs get a little feisty though!). My water parameters also remain stable. Having a good aquarium filter helps greatly. I have an AquaClear 110, and I absolutely love it. I could have made due with a lesser filter, but this was well worth the upgrade.
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