I personally wanted to start my first aquarium with just 2 goldfish, They both ended up dying a day or two later even after i cleaned the water, and let the water run through a filter for 24hrs. I first let the fish get comfortable with the water for an hour before putting them in and the fish still ended up dying on me. I took it as a sign that i wasn't ready to have fish yet. however the water in my area is pretty polluted with fluoride and chlorine.
What about you guys what was or is your starter fish?