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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 01-21-2014, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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Question cure MTS or let it be?

So my wife and I have been talking about setting up another tank. However, we realize every time we set a new one up, we're causing a higher electric bill and all that, and we have gotten quite the collection already... So my question is, do you think we should slow down/stop our MTS (multiple tank syndrome), or the more the merrier?

Current list (would be happy to share more info on any of them if requested):
125 gal
flora: java moss, java fern, floaters
fauna: jurupari, senegal bichir, S. eupterus, G. brasiliensis, buenas aires tetras, bristlenose tetras, kribs


55 gal
flora: java moss, java fern, couple kinds of lily, lucky bamboo, pothos, and duckweed
fauna: various neon tetras, tiger barbs, various cories, horseface loach, ram, kribs, clown plecos, and a goldfish recently added to eat the duckweed


two 29 gal
top
flora: pygmy chain sword, crypts, amazon sword, java fern, anubias, spider plant, pothos, dracaena, pepper plant, syngonium podophyllum
fauna: H. formosa, black moscow panda guppies, bumblebee gobies, various snails
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marmorkrebs and snails


20 gal
flora: star grass, dwarf lilies, crypts, bacopa, sunset hygro, aponogeton, java moss, pothos
fauna: endlers, betta, ramshorns


20 gal
flora: amazon sword, java moss, java fern, pygmy chain sword, crypts, bacopa, frogbit
fauna: peacock gudgeons, various snails


12 gal
clownfish, snails, urchin, a few easy polyp corals


10 gal
flora: java moss, java fern
fauna: dwarf puffers


bay window
5 gal hex heavy planted with peacock gudgeon fry, natural colored RCS, and snails
5 gal bow front with java moss (waiting on shrimp)
various bowls with just plants and snails


basement setup: no tech, just lights and soil
20 gal, two 10 gal, and 5 gal emersed setups
two 10 gal plant holding tanks


Total:
10 tanks (plus 6 in basement and bowls)
~315 gallons of water (plus 20 gallons in basement)
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Nice tanks!! Coming from someone that once had the time to enjoy MTS, it's easy to reduce tanks and put your attention into something else within the tank.

EFFICIENCY. This comes with a budget in mind though. I'd much rather have a smaller sleek aquarium with all bells and whistles then have multiple tanks I'm juggling with electricity etc.

I've built my recent tanks with use of electricity in mind. LEDs. Usage on lower elec canisters. Etc. I was cured of mts by focusing all my money and attention into one tank with efficient toys then spreading my attention and budget across a few tanks.

If I had that many tanks in a nice house. I'd easily break them all down and part out. Pick up a nice large 100+g rimless low iron hi clarity tank and get all the bells and whistles for an insane shrimp tank. Then once that's done. mAYBE mts will bite again and make me mess with more tanks.
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It all comes down to what you can afford in money, time and space.

If you're able to maintain all the tanks to the level they deserve, if you don't fall into the trap of letting an older set up languish uncared for while you chase after the next must-have, THIS one will be better tank, go for it.
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curious, how much time do you spend on maintenance in a week or a month?
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curious, how much time do you spend on maintenance in a week or a month?
I'd guess a couple hours a week... None of the planted tanks are high tech, so growth is slow enough that I don't have to trim that much.

Water changes are with a python, so really don't take that long.

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Nice tanks!! Coming from someone that once had the time to enjoy MTS, it's easy to reduce tanks and put your attention into something else within the tank.

EFFICIENCY. This comes with a budget in mind though. I'd much rather have a smaller sleek aquarium with all bells and whistles then have multiple tanks I'm juggling with electricity etc.

I've built my recent tanks with use of electricity in mind. LEDs. Usage on lower elec canisters. Etc. I was cured of mts by focusing all my money and attention into one tank with efficient toys then spreading my attention and budget across a few tanks.

If I had that many tanks in a nice house. I'd easily break them all down and part out. Pick up a nice large 100+g rimless low iron hi clarity tank and get all the bells and whistles for an insane shrimp tank. Then once that's done. mAYBE mts will bite again and make me mess with more tanks.
Thanks! I get what you mean. My problem is that the initial setup of any tank I do is so minimal, like it wouldn't cost me anything to set up a 20 gal right now cus I have all the stuff laying around. I can't bring myself to spend all sorts of money on one tank, so I fall into the trap of cheap setup, but high electric bills...

Plus I'd have a hard time deciding which fish to give up, lol.
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I'd guess a couple hours a week... None of the planted tanks are high tech, so growth is slow enough that I don't have to trim that much.


As the wife, I think he called it a bit low on the hours spent. I imagine to him it does not feel like that much time because he enjoys it so much.

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Speaking from experience, there's fine line between hobby & hoarding.

Hobbies are intended to be something that enhances our lives by offering a small diversion from the realities of daily life. When you loose perspective and your hobby rules your world you need to evaluate your situation.

How many is to much? Each one of us have a different answer.

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Honestly, if it were me, if I was going to have a big case of MTS, I'd be higher tech somewhere just so that I could at least try and justify the costs by selling some fancier plants every now and then.

Personally, I think you actually shouldn't set up a new tank, but re-do a tank or get a new tank that replaces a few smaller tanks. I personally never liked the idea of having a bunch of similar looking tanks, so I try and have different ideas in my 3 main tanks. I'm not sure what fish you own in each tank, but, if they can be combined into one, I say sell some excess stuff, combine into one really nice, thought out setup, maybe even get new toys for it as well, and call it a day.

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Years ago, I had 14 tanks at one time. The hobby became more of a job and I stopped enjoying it as much. I cut back to 3 tanks eventually and regained the enjoyment.
As long as you are still enjoying having the tanks and maintaining all the plants, then go for it.
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While price certainly can put a hamper on the collection, either starting up or keeping up with water changes and heating/lighting, I'd say don't get rid of most of them. If anything downgrade by removing the most expensive to maintain one, if you can't spread the fauna and flora stock from it to existing tanks, sell them to earn back a little $ for the electric bill.
Frankly I am only just starting into MTS and hope to add several more (smaller) tanks.. and one giant one.. have to upgrade the soon-to-be-18-inch-poop-monster.. he's only half way done growing.. I love the aquarium hobby, it can be pricy but its a relaxing way to spend time, and a good work out for water changes (if you have to manually haul 5 gallon buckets of water around like me).

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Honestly, if it were me, if I was going to have a big case of MTS, I'd be higher tech somewhere just so that I could at least try and justify the costs by selling some fancier plants every now and then.

Personally, I think you actually shouldn't set up a new tank, but re-do a tank or get a new tank that replaces a few smaller tanks. I personally never liked the idea of having a bunch of similar looking tanks, so I try and have different ideas in my 3 main tanks. I'm not sure what fish you own in each tank, but, if they can be combined into one, I say sell some excess stuff, combine into one really nice, thought out setup, maybe even get new toys for it as well, and call it a day.
Agree. IMO if you want more tanks they should be very different (E.g. - African tank, rockscape tank, something different...)

If I were you I would divert my focus with rescapes, etc.
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If I were you I would divert my focus with rescapes, etc.
+1 When I get itchy for a new set up, I typically take a good look at what I've already got--either to pick a 'scape I've grown tired of to re-do or to consolidate tanks in order to free up a tank for a new idea.
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I agree with other posters in the area of consolidation or upgrading of tanks. Good points. You can rejuvenate alot of your fun by redoing an existing tank. If you do decide on a new tank have something specific before you buy it. Maybe something entirely different like a small saltwater tank? I've been considering that myself as I currently have 13 tanks NOT counting the numerous betta jars popping up around the house. =D My husband is a great guy that tolerates my hobby well. There have been alot of new advances in the saltwater front and there are alot of beginner friendly fish/shrimp out there.

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Speaking from experience, there's fine line between hobby & hoarding.

Hobbies are intended to be something that enhances our lives by offering a small diversion from the realities of daily life. When you loose perspective and your hobby rules your world you need to evaluate your situation.

How many is to much? Each one of us have a different answer.
I agree so much with you we should probably go out for a beer.

Right now OP has a bunch of tanks that could use maintenance, some could be combined, broken down, or redone with a focus on another aspect of the hobby. whether it be aquascaping, breeding something, done differently than the others. right now they all look, pretty much, the same.

Do something different with what you've got. focus on another aspect of the hobby, other than how much water you're caring for.


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