<p>When I was about 7, my parents bought my sister and me each a bowl with a male betta in it. (No filter, heater, etc, just a plant and some gravel.) Surprisingly, they both lived for over 2 years, but were sluggish and not exhibiting "betta glory". Many years later, I got a 1-quart setup with another poor betta, which died after a few months. This put me off the hobby for a while. ("I can't raise anything...they all die. What's the use?") Later, in another determined attempt, I got a 1-gallon with filter - no heater, not cycled, in which 2 more unhappy fish lived their brief 1-year lifespans. FINALLY I got a suitable 2.5 gallon betta tank with filter & heater - cycled, because I finally found TFF. Recently, I upgraded my fish to living in the 37-gallon.</p>
<p>I also have a 37-gallon aquarium with Platys, Neon Tetras, Long Fin Red Minor Tetras, the Betta, & Cory catfish (my favorites!) Unfortunately, my aquatic idiocy came into play again, and I didn't cycle the filter except with bottled bacteria from Tetra. Probably 10 fish died from my ignorance, but now I have a thriving community with growing plants (well, mostly...).</p>
<p>I'm still learning, and trying to help others escape the ignorance traps that I fell into. TFF is a great site and has helped me with SO much in my fish tank journeys <img src="http
<p>In addition to my fish, I have a Russian tortoise named Myrtle, two sweet Chinese hamsters named Pippin and Sam, 3 hermit crabs (Nelly, Shelly, and Merlin), and an adorable yellow Lab, Mollie. All of them have been with me for over 2 years (except the hamsters - 9 weeks old - eek, so cute!). I belong to several other pet forums for them <img src="http
<p>LOL, it's characteristic that I saved this part till last. I am a USA girl and my dad is just retiring from the Air Force after 23 years. I've moved all over the place and continue to love it - so sad that we're finally settling down!</p>
<p>My dream is to become a biologist, and I am studying hard to reach that goal.</p>
<p>Hope you enjoyed my profile...and feel free to post me question, shoot me a PM, or add me as a friend! I don't bite!</p>
Pets! Currently have my tropical tank, Betta fish tank, hermit crab tank, hamster cage (12 square feet!), and tortoise cage.