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Multi-Tank Syndrome - Confessions Of An MTS Sufferer By Littlefish

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Re: Multi-Tank syndrome - confessions of an MTS sufferer by Littlefish
« Reply #50 on: October 06, 2018, 09:10:34 AM »
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That tank is gorgeous  :D

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« Reply #51 on: October 06, 2018, 09:28:14 AM »
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I'm chuffed to pieces with it, and I can't wait to get some tiger barbs in there, I think they are going to enjoy exploring everything.  ;D
All credit has to go to @Matt for his design, tutoring, and patience. I've told him that I still stop to look at the tank and wonder how something that looks so professional has ended up in my house. I couldn't have created a tank like that without his guidance.  :cheers:

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« Reply #52 on: October 06, 2018, 09:32:33 AM »
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Thanks Donna  :cheers:

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« Reply #53 on: October 06, 2018, 11:59:02 PM »
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Planting looks really good. The whole tank looks lovely.

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« Reply #54 on: October 07, 2018, 02:43:17 PM »
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Wow that looks fabulous.

I'm seriously thinking about how I can re-aquascape my tank without completely pulling it apart! Or having to temporarily rehome the fish.

The blog has given me lots of ideas.

I'm looking forward to seeing how the tiger barbs behaviour is in this new tank - will it be different?

And also to you doing the next tank...  :o

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« Reply #55 on: November 22, 2018, 08:10:07 PM »
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An update on the tanks.

Although the axolotl tank can't be properly planted, they are ok with anubias, so I have used several types to give a bit of variety. I have also used anubias attached to mopani to create what I refer to as their "anibias shelves" on the back wall of the tank, which they seem to enjoy using.

The river tank can't be aquascaped either, but I will be putting some more rocks and wood in that tank, and will post pics when it's done.

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« Reply #56 on: November 22, 2018, 08:17:50 PM »
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Tiger barb tank
I have trimmed the plants and replaced the moss on the left hand tunnel. I think I let the original moss dry out while I was attaching it, and it never recovered.
The gold TBs finished quarantine this week, so they are now in the main tank with the standard and green ones.
They have all settled in, and I'm considering putting some amano shrimp and horned nerite snails in while the fish are still so small.
The tank looks quite under-stocked, but it will give the young fish plenty of room to grow.  :)

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« Reply #57 on: November 22, 2018, 08:31:22 PM »
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South American tank.
http://scapeeasy.co.uk/advice2.htm

Poor @Matt has managed to re-use the mopani wood I had, and created a forest diorama.
Large pieces of wood have been used vertically as tree stumps, with thinner pieces creating root structures.
The planting looks like a forest floor bursting into life after the old trees have gone, and the sunlight can finally reach the floor.
Although this is a smaller tank than the tiger barb tank, the planting is more intricate, and I think it feels as if there is a lot more going on.
I've not used carpeting plants before, and I found them a bit challenging. As you may be able to see for the picture, I didn't plant them deeply enough, and quite a few are floating at the surface.  :-[
There are several plants in this design that I've not used before. I now have a massive soft spot for marsilea hirsuta and hottonia palustris, and wouldn't be at all surprised if they were used again in some of the other tanks  ;)
This tank will eventually house the black and white South American fish, including Harri the female BN, black neon tetras, and the marbled hatchets I purchased today.
I can't wait to put all the fish in the tank.  ;D

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« Reply #58 on: November 22, 2018, 09:09:01 PM »
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Looking really great Donna  ;D

Always great to hear your updates... I suspect there are more tanks for you to update us on yet!!...

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« Reply #59 on: November 22, 2018, 09:13:28 PM »
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I agree - every one of those tanks look fantastic. For me, admittedly, I've relapsed into it all being about the fish with the aquascaping aspect having fallen off the bandwagon and few live plants, but looking at each of yours - the aquascaping aspect is as exciting as the fish aspect, speaking of which those tiger barbs are stunning and almost petrol blue in colour.

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« Reply #60 on: November 22, 2018, 09:43:33 PM »
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@fcmf it's pretty much all about the fish with me too, they will always be my first priority.
Luckily Matt has managed to steer me to using easy plants for his designs, which look stunning, but don't need the CO2 and other upkeep that I would normally associate with aquascaping. I would never have realised that plants classed as easy could create tanks that look like this, and learning about the plants & different 'scaping designs is fascinating. I thoroughly enjoying it.  ;D

@Matt there are a lot more tanks to do.....within the next week or so I'll be ready to start chatting about the next one.  ;D  I hope that you're not regretting this project yet.  ???    :rotfl:    :fishy1:

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« Reply #61 on: November 22, 2018, 10:05:17 PM »
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I would never have realised that plants classed as easy could create tanks that look like this, and learning about the plants & different 'scaping designs is fascinating. I thoroughly enjoying it.  ;D

Love this comment... that's exactly what I'm trying to prove on my site! :)

And no I'm not reretting it in the slightest...only problem is I now have too many requests for me to do the same for other people! I can't keep up!!

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« Reply #62 on: November 22, 2018, 10:19:12 PM »
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You need to start charging for your design & advisory services.  8)

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« Reply #63 on: November 22, 2018, 11:16:25 PM »
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Wow your tanks look fabulous. You are seriously selling the MTS thing! (I am increasingly envious with each new tank 'scape I see) But I barely have time to look after one tank at the moment, so it is the fish welfare that is restraining me.

However, I have some bogwood soaking in a bucket that I'm planning to incorporate into my tank at the weekend. I will be taking some serious inspiration from your South American tank.  ;D

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« Reply #64 on: November 23, 2018, 02:48:40 AM »
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Fantastic pics Donna...  Great job(s)...   :D

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« Reply #65 on: November 23, 2018, 02:18:32 PM »
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Thanks for all of your very positive comments on the tanks.

Let me now introduce you to the marbled hatchetfish that I purchased yesterday, and have settled into their quarantine tank fairly quickly. They are tiny little things, and I think that they have lovely markings.

After forgetting to pick up shrimps and snails yesterday, I popped back to the store this morning and got a bag of amano shrimp (along with a bonus baby rabbit snail), and a bag of horned nerite snails (clithon corona). They are very young/small, and I almost can't believe the shrimp are the same as some of the massive females I've got in the other tanks - they are big girls.  :o

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Let me now introduce you to the marbled hatchetfish that I purchased yesterday, and have settled into their quarantine tank fairly quickly. They are tiny little things, and I think that they have lovely markings.
Wow - they are gorgeous.

After forgetting to pick up shrimps and snails yesterday, I popped back to the store this morning and got
I was anticipating the end of the sentence to read "3 more bags of different fish as well". ;D However, I am still equally eager to see photos of the shrimp and snails once in situ.

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« Reply #67 on: November 23, 2018, 06:31:40 PM »
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Oh, @fcmf you know me too well.  :rotfl:
It is quite a struggle not to get carried away with fish as the local MA has recently had a delivery, so there are lots of lovely fish to look at. My will power is getting tested as I struggle to keep to my plans.  ::)

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« Reply #68 on: November 23, 2018, 10:15:01 PM »
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You have a new obsession anyway!... Plants!  :wave:

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« Reply #69 on: November 23, 2018, 11:08:39 PM »
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 :rotfl:
Now I have two obsessions, fish and plants. The local MA has also set up an extra 8ft plant tank, and two extra 3ft plant tanks recently, so now they have a lot more choice too.

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« Reply #70 on: November 23, 2018, 11:15:54 PM »
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Lol you make it sound like they've set them up just for you!!  :rotfl:

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« Reply #71 on: November 24, 2018, 12:14:53 AM »
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Lovin' those Hatchets...   ;)

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« Reply #72 on: November 24, 2018, 08:12:05 AM »
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Lol you make it sound like they've set them up just for you!!  :rotfl:

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They've had quite a refurbishment project going on at both local MAs, and this one has had quite a lot of new kit - display tanks, display cabinets, etc. It's all looking pretty good.
As for the plant tanks, when I walked in and noticed the tanks, I was told that there was no need for me to go to Aquarium Gardens any more  :o
As at least one member of staff at that MA enjoys aquascaping, and as they are selling a lot more plants these days, a bigger plant display makes sense. However, it is very handy for me, and I like to think that everything in the store belongs to me, as it's the only way I can have enough tanks.  :rotfl:

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« Reply #73 on: November 26, 2018, 08:34:26 AM »
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Not strictly fish-related, but certainly aquatic, and part of my multi-tank syndrome.

This is what it looks like when your axolotls wait until you've finished cleaning their tank, then one of them takes a massive pooh, and tries to bury it in the sand.  ::)   :rotfl:


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