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KhiaraFish
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Joined: 18 Aug 2010
Location: Saint Paul, MN

PostPosted: 2010.10.17(Sun)1:23    Post subject: Minor Fish Keepers Reply with quote

Yesterday I had my grandparents over for the first time in a month or so, and I showed them my new 30 gallon. My grandma then made a comment that I must be the youngest fish keeper in the US. We then argued for a while, and now wants me to prove it. So, if you began keeping fish below the age of 18, or are still below that age, please reply to this message. Thanks!
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diademhill
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Joined: 18 Apr 2007

PostPosted: 2010.10.17(Sun)2:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started at four years old.

By the age of 11 I was breeding Discus.
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59FIFTY
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Joined: 20 Aug 2009
Location: Memphis Tennessee

PostPosted: 2010.10.17(Sun)3:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm only 15 and I started at around 10 or so even though I have beeen having fish since around 5 or 6.
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ak dylpickles
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Joined: 16 Feb 2010

PostPosted: 2010.10.17(Sun)4:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had fish sense I was 1ish. I then began to under stand them and keep them at age 8
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UncleWillie
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Joined: 26 Nov 2007
Location: Georgia, USA

PostPosted: 2010.10.17(Sun)6:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was first charged with fish-keeping when I was 15. We had a science project, and at the end of the semester, we had a choice to take them home, or donate them to our teacher. I took them home. I kept that tank from when I was 15 til I was 18. Then I got out of the hobby for 3 years or so. Then I started back up about 3 year ago.
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Caton
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Joined: 28 Jul 2009
Location: Washington State, USA

PostPosted: 2010.10.17(Sun)14:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am 13, have a really really really really small business (if you can even call it that...) that is slow because of paypal (found out that you can't be under 18 and have PP...they should have should have told me that after I did 6 months worth of business on there). I used to have fish when I was 3 or four in a bowl but now at 12 I keep fish with 5 aquariums and I plan on getting a 75g going, a 55g and a bunch of 20g long tanks going to breed african shellies.
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KhiaraFish
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Joined: 18 Aug 2010
Location: Saint Paul, MN

PostPosted: 2010.10.18(Mon)6:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the replies, but now I have a follow up Question, how were you supporting your rather expensive hobby? Right now I'm pretty much paid off with my parents, but otherwise broke. I am selling my baby water lettuces at my LFS, and pet sitting for my neighbor who is out of town about once a month. So anyways, how did you support tour tanks financially?(By the way I am 13.)
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59FIFTY
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Joined: 20 Aug 2009
Location: Memphis Tennessee

PostPosted: 2010.10.18(Mon)14:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been having my parents pay for most of it... I know its sad but they don't complain...
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katienaha
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Joined: 18 Dec 2009
Location: British Columbia, Canada

PostPosted: 2010.10.18(Mon)14:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

59FIFTY wrote:
I have been having my parents pay for most of it... I know its sad but they don't complain...


It could be worse. They could be paying your way through detox.
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Caton
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Joined: 28 Jul 2009
Location: Washington State, USA

PostPosted: 2010.10.18(Mon)14:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

KhiaraFish wrote:
So anyways, how did you support tour tanks financially?(By the way I am 13.)


I mow once a week in the summer (I mowed for the last time today, no more $20 a week Sad), Rake leaves in the fall, shovel snow in the winter and help till gardens in the spring. In the winter months I can make bank, one time I made like $60 only working like 5 hours one day. Mostly my parents help a bunch but
most the time with them helping and me working (I am home-schooled so I have tons of time for that) it is very slow but rewarding process.
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