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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-24-2019, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Multi Tank Syndrome (MTS) Anonymous

(this is not making fun of Alcoholics Anonymous)
Come share your MTS woes/stories.





Hi, my name is AquaAoruroa, and I have MTS.


I started with 1 10g tank I got used from a relative, and a bad fish purchase (leopard sailfin couple-was told it only gets to 6" but they really grow to 18"). I bought a 55g to move the pleco into as it grew and the MTS just... snowball from there, no more like turned into an avalanche!



Within a year of the 55g I have a 20g long, 7g cube, 12g long, 3g bubble bowl, and 2g cookie jar!



In the next 2-3 years I also acquired (while still running the original tanks) 2 more 10gs, 20g high, 5g, 2 2.5gs, 2g vase, 3g picotope, 40g breeder, 2 6g pond pots, 8g jumbo bubble bowl (broke and replaced), 2 75gs, and the last purchase was a 10g half moon (which i suspect is actually a smaller volume).. I
m sure I've forgotten some.



At its worse I stopped counting when there were over 15 aquariums running at once.


It got so bad I couldn't keep up with maintenance and I started dismantling tanks as fish died off. I got back down to 8 tanks-most of them smaller betta tanks that don't need much attention except feeding-plants took care of poop.


Side note: after owning so many tanks I'll only use sponge filters now. HOBs are a nightmare if not cleaned out often enough, and canisters (at least the ones I've had) are a real pain in the [censor] to get to prime and flowing again.

Secondary side note: pleco was re-homed to people with multiple 150+g tanks.





Now the MTS it hitting my hard again!



I've started to reset up my inactive 75g as a riparium (already have bought the hardware and painted the back of the tank). I'd started converting my 55g into a vivarium last fall and have plans to also convert my 20glong into a vivarium too.



Now I have the itch to drag my empty 40g breeder out and make it a partially filled emersed aquatic plant tank-lid to keep humidity up and have plants anchored just below water with most of the growth above water.


I started looking at hardscape for the 40 and could easily spend $200 on just that, probably another $100-200 on plants.

I can't stop myself aaaarghh!! Its going to get out control with too many tanks again, and I just can't stop myself!!!!!!!!


Due to photobuckets new bs cost for use of images on forums I have deleted all photobucket accounts. I apologize if you enjoyed or found my photos helpful.
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Started by resetting up an old 10 gallon
Then set up a 20 gallon long that was in my basement
Then set up another 10 gallon from the basement
Then set up a 5.5 gallon (new)
Then bought a 20 gallon long during a sale at petco

I'm building the new 20 gallon long slowly to try to avoid getting another tank. I can do the care on these 5 tanks in a short period of time but if I get any more it will start to become a chore and not fun.

I used to have 3 55 gallon tanks and a 600 gallon pond. I'm trying to avoid going overboard like that. (Overboard for me. For other's it might be fine)

The 55s were difficult to care for because I have short arms. It was always hard reaching down into them for any reason. It would put me armpit deep and still an inch short. Hence my decision on the 20 longs. I have considered a 40 long, not 40 breeder. But decided that I'm good for now and need to focus on what I have.


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I also got hit by MTS again ! Had a 56 running for about 5 years or so just recently setup a 20 long for a pair of betta macrostoma’s,now i just bought 2 - 40 gallon breeders �� waiting to be setup and more materials.
Didn’t know why I needed more tanks for when i have about 5 in the basement ����
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Me and my partner started off with a 20g 18 months ago with the usual starter fish, guppies, tetra etc (we went in with the intention of getting some goldfish) , as we discovered different fish we soon ended up with tank 2 and 3- 2 fluval flex’s 57l which I bought drunk one night on eBay for a bargain off a guy closing down all his aquariums. One beta tank and 1 shrimp tank.

Tank 4 and 5 My mrs soon followed up with the smaller flex as her guppies kept giving birth and she wanted to raise them in a separate tank, she then wanted another for her addiction with rarer guppies to breed.

During November and December I sold off about 250 red crystal shrimp which my initial 10 had bred into which paid for tank 6 which when cycled is my 55g sss red crystal shrimp tank.

I wanted to close down my old shrimp tank but since it’s all set up I may stick with it if I can find something else to put in🤔

We share all the water changes so at the moment it’s not to bad to take care of 3 tanks each, once we move house later this year I can certainly see a cichlid tank on the horizon...
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Haha I can't afford more than 2 setups
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Also a sufferer here haha.
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LOL Marc you even have a nano tank under one of your tanks!

UNS 60U + Twinstar 600S + Oase Filtosmart Thermo 200 (Havenít started yet)
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LOL Marc you even have a nano tank under one of your tanks!
haha. Yes, here it is...and there is space for one more next to it.

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haha. Yes, here it is...and there is space for one more next to it.

I just realized I saw your video links on reddit.

Beautiful tanks and great videos! Can't wait to see you take out the filter on your Ecosystem tank. Now that would be amazing once the tank can maintain itself.

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I just realized I saw your video links on reddit.

Beautiful tanks and great videos! Can't wait to see you take out the filter on your Ecosystem tank. Now that would be amazing once the tank can maintain itself.
Shouldn't be too long now.


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You all talk about MTS as if it were a real problem. If you don't have the tanks you require to appease your needs then that is the problem.

I haven't been without a tank running in over 38 years. At one point I had 20 tanks in a one bedroom apartment. Now I have a dedicated fish house. OK OK. I confess. I did not build it as a fish house. It was my print shop for the first 2-3 years. Then it sat idle collecting junk. Then I cleaned it up and at one point had 45 tanks running. I am expanding, remodeling, and automating so I am down to 35 there now. Not counting the 2 in the kitchen and two in the family room of course. Building out the last 6' x 14' will give me room for another 42 tanks. At that point all the tanks I own should be set up. So somewhere just over 100 by the end of the year.
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You all talk about MTS as if it were a real problem. If you don't have the tanks you require to appease your needs then that is the problem.

I haven't been without a tank running in over 38 years. At one point I had 20 tanks in a one bedroom apartment. Now I have a dedicated fish house. OK OK. I confess. I did not build it as a fish house. It was my print shop for the first 2-3 years. Then it sat idle collecting junk. Then I cleaned it up and at one point had 45 tanks running. I am expanding, remodeling, and automating so I am down to 35 there now. Not counting the 2 in the kitchen and two in the family room of course. Building out the last 6' x 14' will give me room for another 42 tanks. At that point all the tanks I own should be set up. So somewhere just over 100 by the end of the year.
If i was to say that you need help.....its only because im jealous of how awesome that sounds!!


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After decades in the hobby I have gotten to the magic number of 3 tanks . 125g for schooling rummys ,75 for laetacara colony and a 22 long for what ever apisto I'm into. Really I have 6 but the other 3 are quarantine / aquaponic plant things that don't need much work.
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It's an addiction. Right now we have 7 marine/reef tanks and 1 planted tank at home. At one time in the mid 70s I had 60 2.5 betta tanks running plus my 55, 20l, 10 and 40 breeder tanks at my parents house.

"The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope. Now, as never before,
the old phrase has a literal meaning: We are all in the same boat."

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If i was to say that you need help.....its only because im jealous of how awesome that sounds!!
I do need help. About $3000 for the expansion and mini split heat pump and additional tanks should do it. You want to contribute?

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