My first fish - Peppered Corydoras - Want to see more aquarium photos? Click here.

My first word was "fish", and my earliest memory is of the fish tank my parents had while I was a baby. I think this image inside my head, and vague memories of my mother cleaning the tank, are the main reason why I was initially interested in the hobby.

Starting with a 10 U.S. gallon tank and easy fish like Zebra Danios, and some Cory Catfish, I quickly upgraded to a 55 gallon tank and at one time having seven tanks in a relatively small apartment. Eventually, after buying a house, I 'consolidated' things and now have two 125 U.S. gallon freshwater tanks.

I've had some interesting experiences with my fish, such as moving them 1000 miles across the country and of course going through that lesson everyone needs to learn; not to trust the fish store.

I've ordered fish online, but now primarily use a store called Animal Island in Midlothian, Illinois. This store accepts fish returns for partial store credit, so I have used this to keep many different types of fish, gaining experience in a short time about a huge number of species.

My favorite fish so far: Vulture Catfish (2014):

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