Skipping ahead to 5th grade. My little brother got a mosquito fish( nobody knew what it was at the time) and put it in a 5 gallon tank. My dad said"Hey Adam, I think Riaz's fish in a friendly fish, lets get you a fish to to put in their with him. I was excited because I could get a fish, so we went to the pet store and picked up a single neon tetra. There were lots of mistakes when we got this fish. 1. Neon tetras are schooling fish, meaning they need to be together with other fish.2. They need big tanks since they like to swim a lot. The people at the fish store like always, never tell us this, so anytime I have to go to the pet store, I know their advice is not always true. So when we got home, we released my fish into the tank. We make sure they get along, which is looks like and head downstairs to do homework and cook and things like that. About 2 hours later, we see my fish was dead. Turns our that Riaz's fish is super aggressive and are highly territorial. I was pretty angry at Riaz, but he was laughing so hard for him to hear what I was telling him.
In sixth grade, I went out and got a small two gallon tank and put a beta fish in their. It lives for about 3 weeks, then dies of a swim blather infection, meaning it can't stay up right and dies from lack of oxygen. If you don't know betta fish need air to live to they got to the surface of the water and blow bubbles for air. If the fish has a swim batter infection it turns upside down, like it's dead but it's still alive but dying from lack of oxygen. I went to the pet store to buy a new betta fish, which was probably the prettiest I have ever saw, if was a very big male red v tail beta like my first fish, Scorcher. I put it in it's tank, and the next morning it find it upside down like my last fish. It had a swim bladder infection too. So after that fish, I decide no more fish for a while.
Now, after doing extensive research and getting the proper equipment, I have a single baby beta fish, about an inch and a half long in a large 13 gallon tank. It's supposedly a female, but it's hyper aggressive because I put in ghost shrimp, which are look like shrimp, but the cool thing about them is that you can see throughout them and see what they have eaten. The ghost shrimp were a bit bigger than her, but she still bullied them, so I had to put them in the old 2 gallon tank I had. Currently one of the ghost shrimp is pregnant so I have to figure out a way to keep the babies alive, and I have no clue how to do so.
Unfortunately, Riaz's fish is still alive it's about 2 inches long and is in a 10 gallant tank right now. Riaz has had his fish since 1st grade and it's only supposed to live for 4 years, but it has lived so much longer than its kind.
In general, my fish taking care has been a really bad experience, but I hope I can keep my new betta fish alive for a long time.