Here's my not so brief story. Koko, I'll pass on the raffle entry, if I'm lucky enough to be selected, shipping is a bit of a hassle cross border.
My dad bought my first fish tank for me when I was 8 years old. 5 gallon, probably 6 or so tiny goldfish. Most promptly died, but a couple managed to survive even though this was way before I had any clue about the nitrogen cycle, chlorine, water changes and the Internet or PC's were not invented.
I dabbled with guppies for a few years and eventually to a 20 gallon tropical community tank. I think that original 5 gallon tank became a gerbil home. I left the hobby for a few years and restarted the 20g tank with goldfish for my dad. He always enjoyed goldfish. It was overstocked and 1 by 1 they started dying and my buddy said I had ammonia problems, when they died, I left the hobby for about 15 years. Still no internet or PC's.
I passed the 20 gallon tank to my niece as a tropical community tank. New tank syndrome - ammonia issues, most fish died. Just before the internet and PC's.
A few years later, my 8 year old showed an interest in aquariums. Bought a 10 gallon kit. Wow - this internet stuff and all these Aquarium forums. I got up to speed on the nitrogen cycle, stocking levels and water chemistry. Yea! Longer term success! From the 10 gallon with corys and a betta to a 20 gallon with endlers and red cherry shrimp and more corys. Fast forward a few years, Big Al's had a sale on Aquariums one Christmas, so I brought home a 75 gallon tank. Wow...water changes took forever and I was doing daily 50% water changes for juvenile discus, so I invested in a Mag pump, Pythons were too slow. The 75 gallon turned into a 120 gallon acrylic - big mistake. You stare at an acrylic tank it will scratch before your eyes.
I thought it would be cool to try some fancy goldfish again. I had an acquaintance that wanted to work in a goldfish farm that his uncle in China owned and he handpicked some strains for me that I never even heard of. They all died within a year - weird diseases I was never able to figure out. A buddy of mine says he buys imported goldfish, if they live longer than a year, he's happy. He suspected they were hormoned for looks/colour. I swore off goldfish.
I've had a lot of fun breeding Tanganyika cichlids, tropheus and a few different kind of shellies were my favourite, they were either in large tanks or a breeding rack along with a SE Asian themed loach tank. I gave up those tanks last year - just time to downsize to a few mid and small sized tanks. Retirement and travel is not too far away. For nostalgic reasons and in memory of my dad, I really wanted a tank of goldfish again - kinda full circle, start and end the hobby with goldfish. I heard good things of domestic goldfish from ECR so I have a few of Cynthia's fish and a breeding colony of duplicareus corydoras, 2 of my favourite species. I still have a couple of Rubbermaid stock tanks, I may buy a group of juvenile top view ranchu from a domestic breeder next Spring and grow those out. But I swear - that's it! That doesn't include a 15 year old lovebird and a 6 year old poodle.