In the summer of 2017, a friend’s daughter won two goldfish at a carnival. I had a small 1.5 gallon starter tank in my basement and dug it out for the little cuties. Within 6 months I had to buy a 10 gallon tank for them. After only a few months I got a 29 gallon tank setup. About 2 years ago I had an ammonia problem that I couldn’t cure fast enough and had to think fast as I had fallen in love with “Finn and Gill” and I was not about to let them die! My second bathroom has an old cast iron claw foot bathtub that hadn’t been used in over 20 years so I cleaned it out and quickly filled it halfway, threw a filter in it and transferred Finn and Gill before it was too late! This was only going to be temporary but after a week they seemed so happy and had so much room to swim that I decided to make it their permanent home! The tub is fully functional so water changes are a breeze! Fast forward to 2021 and those little cuties are now about 11 inches in length and absolutely thriving! In fact, Finn started laying eggs about a year ago and Gill turned out to be a male so I scooped out some eggs, did research and tried my hand at raising their fry! I now have about 40 of their offspring that I’m raising and slowly giving away to worthy people. I don’t plan on expanding my hobby into becoming a breeder, though, as the culling process, as necessary as it may be, brings me too much heartache. I have since purchased two 55 gallon tanks as I have become a lover and hobbyist of fancy goldfish. I recently rescued two adult turtles and have them in a big, beautiful enclosure. My next project is to build a pond in my backyard as I can see that my love and interest in aquatic animals will only expand as time goes on so I must expand with their needs as well! I love this forum and will definitely come back for advice as my venture moves forward. I attached a few pics of Finn and Gill and the turtlesI agree - most people want to do the right thing. Many people are like we were - the fish showed up and we had to deal with it. Hopefully your friends are on the path to a new hobby!
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