While arguably being the most important video i will ever make, This was a really difficult video for me to do… Aquariums saved my life and you guys changed it for ever. I did my best here. I knew that if i prepared for the video, i’d never do it… putting too much thought into it would have brought up too many memories. I decided this morning to just film what i could remember off the top of my head. Sorry its so long.

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  1. Im sorry i have been absent from this video and replying to many of you. I made this video and left it at that. Thats not me. You know im always there. The comment section is killing me with love though. While i realize being popular on youtube is suppose to mean something, its just an ego thing. It's silly. Im literally no one without this channel and We both know it. I made this video thinking i could help someone. Just one would make it worth it. Im willing to sacrifice everything i have worked for to help someone reinvent them self. I cant believe i told anyone any of this story you watched… im supposed to be a super hero to some, yet i feel so weak watching this. I live a surreal life and i know it. I just watched this for this first time since i made it(its march 7/19). Part 2 is something i have tried to make for months. I cant do it. Im sorry. Maybe some day. Just not today or tomorrow. I hope you understand. (PS: i coulda bought some new fish and got more views… its never been that for me. I feel this entire 11 years of making videos has been . a set up. A set up to something greater. Use this platform for something greater.)… i dunno. I'll just keep making videos and hope no one remembers there is a part 2. PSS: Through every dark night, there is a brighter day after that. Wake up tomorrow and be who you know you can be.

  2. I know this vid is 2 years ago now, but I've been watching your channel for a while now and only came across it today. Thanks so much for sharing your story, that must have been one of the hardest things you've ever had to do. And we've all got a few stories 🙂 thanks again and keep on doing what your doing mate 👍

  3. wow , what an amazing turn around , thank God for Tonya she saw your light and you never gave up and stay excited 🙂 this is one of the most amazing journeys. Ode to the fish:) animals win lol

  4. Thanks for sharing this!! You and I had similar lives it seems like! We are strong people, you can't break us! Thanks for what you do! Fellow Canadian 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦

  5. Let me just start by saying I have followed your channel for like 2 years, I kinda took a break from YouTube also trying to follow college and trying to focus on me because social media gets overwhelming sometimes! But I had to comeback to your channel because beside the fact that Im in the hobby and your channel is really interesting in that matter, it all just seemed so genuine, and for sure now I know I was right! And thank god i did! I loved to hear your story, we all have problems and you sharing yours helped me and a lot more people I’m certain of! I almost never comment videos and I’m gonna try to share my support a bit more! Because u deserve it! Thank you very much for a genuine half an hour! Love from Portugal! And I somehow missed this video… I ve followed you since before you had the gallery! I remember you building it…. damn time is flying by Jesus!!

  6. Bro ive been there🥺 aquariums saved my life
    I was thinking of murdering mij self and in there i had a girlfriend and she had aquariums and untill the day from now. Aquariums inspire my brains when im depresed when im thinking what ive done wrong

  7. Be proud of yourself. You freed yourself from your past. Look at the beautiful life you have made. Like the beautiful lotus flower, grows from the muck and darkness, and once it meets the surface, the light turns it into a beautiful flower!!

  8. I dont usually comment any videos i see, but this deserves a comment. You already had my respect for the things you do and know. After this vídeo my respect for you had grown a lot. Hope you continue to be the person you struggled to become. Love from Portugal my friend! Proud of you!

  9. I started crying as soon as you teared up so sorry you had to go thru this with that being said you are a hero for changing and deciding which road of life to take Be strong and God bless you never give up

  10. Nice one bro. Well done. I got into the aquarium hobby after cleaning up my life and it has helped me so much. I knew nothing about aquariums and watched your videos and now have 3 aquariums set up from with your help. Only been in the hobby 6 months and loving it.

  11. Your transparency and humbleness will never be appreciated by everyone, there will always be people that will try to bring you down or judge you, but by being open you may be helping someone that is probably in the position you were in; this my friend means hope for that someone. Your informative and quality YouTube videos have helped me tremendously. Thank you!

  12. G’day from Australia, so very proud of you for the things you do. I love your videos and have learned a lot from you. So brave of you to share your story with us and you are a true inspiration! Well done and keep going.

  13. I have been watching your videos for some time but I did not subscribe. You talk too fast. Your tanks are not my preference – I prefer gentle, hyper-naturalized Amano nanos. I was turned off by your handle “King of DIY.”

    Then I learned of your story through this video. I grew up with much more privileges than you. But your story teared me up. And I realized, you actually DIY’ed not only your tanks but, through them, also your life. Now I concede, you truly are the king of DIY. I am now a subscriber.

    Btw, your talking speed here is much slower – and I love it. You don’t have to change. But indulge me sometime with slower talking speed in future videos, hahaha. Cheers!

  14. There's similarities……. I'm 51 now I'm so close too being humble think about this ok…humble,I've found my pleace…still remember but now am at peace…in jesus christ name amen

  15. In all the previous videos you taught us in anew way to look at this hobby and in this u taught us a new way to look at life… King for a reason…massive respect and u are such an inspiration to us sir ❤️

  16. I always watch ur videos, keep up the good work,, choose only the positivity and choose what makes you better and happy, ignore negativity talks or people, you had inspire all people outside, i am one of your fans from Malaysia. Give the best you can for yourself and family. Cheers!

  17. I see 1.2k thumbs down. Those are the portion who didn’t come from the gutter and don’t understand the moral of this video. Success is in your hands Joey and happiness will always defeat the darkness. Keep doing what you love.


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