Hi! New here, but not to the hobby. Multiple tank syndrome is real!

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Hi all. My name's Geni, I live in Washington state, and I have multiple tank syndrome. It all started (again) about five years ago. I'd had a tank, a 29 long, for a couple of decades. I started out with frogs and salamanders in a terrarium, and gradually transitioned it to half-and-half with feeder fish, and eventually to a full-blown aquarium with about six different varieties of tetras, a plecostomus, several dwarf clawed frogs, and harlequin rasboras. The pleco was a common, and after about 10 years, he was about 14 inches long, lol (he'd been about an inch and a half when I got him - I didn't know!). There was a prolonged power outage during a bad cold snap one winter - I think this was 1988 - and after a week of trying to keep the tank warm with floating water bottles, etc., I lost almost half my aquarium. That really took the heart out of it for me, and I sold my tank and quit.
Fast forward to about 2017 or so. I asked for a betta setup for my birthday. I'd never had a betta, so I didn't know betta (ha) and it was only a 3 gallon. As most betta newbs do, I eventually thought "he must be lonely" after a couple of years, and added chili rasboras. Then that tank was obviously too small, so I upgraded to a 10 gallon. That was fine until I made the mistake of deciding I wanted dwarf corys - then I didn't have enough dwarf corys for them to be happy, so ... yep, you guessed it. I upgraded to a 36 gallon bowfront, which is now my community tank. I added ember tetras, green neons, neon blue rasboras, and kuhli loaches, and a bristlenose pleco (I learned my lesson about common plecos). I had the betta in that tank too, but he was a jerk to the corys once he discovered they had pellets, and after finding one of the tiny ones dead, I evicted him back to the 10 gallon, where he lives now with a nerite snail. About four months ago, I decided I wanted to breed neocaridinas, and set up the old 3 gallon tank as a shrimp tank with 10 red rilis. Two days ago, that started leaking and I want more shrimp, so I now have a 5.5 gallon as my shrimp tank and the original tank has been retired. So, I don't REALLY have 4 tanks, since that one doesn't count! :D
 

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Welcome to the fishy forum, Geni from WA state!
I love WA state... So beautiful.
Seems like you are pretty familiar with aquariums and have a few!
Could we see photos?
 
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I need to take some new pictures: this is from before I evicted the betta and redid my bamboo. You can see my big school of tiny rasboras in the upper left.

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I need to take some new pictures: this is from before I evicted the betta and redid my bamboo. You can see my big school of tiny rasboras in the upper left.

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Love all the natural looking decor!
Is that piece of spiderwood in there new or did you find a way to preserve it well?
Really colorful tank!
 

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I would say so, I started with a 20g, needed to separate some fish and went to get a small tank and ended up buying a 29g plus given a 18g an hour later, lol. Picked up a couple of 10g for betas, another for a hospital tank. then my wife found a round glow tank for free (empty and won't be used for fish) But she let me setup a 15 long in the living/dining area. Plus I have 2 55g and a 40g I am refurbishing so I can combined some of the smaller tanks... I just don't care for the tall tanks either. They make me want larger fish, ;)! So that makes 7 tanks up and running and 3 waiting. Would LOVE to do a outdoor waterfall and pond too! All in a 10 month time! I am running out of room :(
 

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I would say so, I started with a 20g, needed to separate some fish and went to get a small tank and ended up buying a 29g plus given a 18g an hour later, lol. Picked up a couple of 10g for betas, another for a hospital tank. then my wife found a round glow tank for free (empty and won't be used for fish) But she let me setup a 15 long in the living/dining area. Plus I have 2 55g and a 40g I am refurbishing so I can combined some of the smaller tanks... I just don't care for the tall tanks either. They make me want larger fish, ;)! So that makes 7 tanks up and running and 3 waiting. Would LOVE to do a outdoor waterfall and pond too! All in a 10 month time! I am running out of room :(
I think you're screwed :)

Welcome to the forum as well :)
 
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Love all the natural looking decor!
Is that piece of spiderwood in there new or did you find a way to preserve it well?
Really colorful tank!
Thanks! It's a new piece, just boiled briefly and added as-is. I actually got really lucky and found that at a big-box pet store. The fish all love it, as do the nerite snails.
 

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Welcome! Nice looking tanks. It is always nice to see a betta in such a good home. :)

MTS is real, but it can sometimes work in reverse too. A few years ago I got sick of it and tore down all except my big 150g office tank. I then built a 12g long nano tank, and I've held steady with just those two for a couple years. But I really want to start an invert tank again...and my daughter wants another betta...and there's that idea for a Hainan Island biotope paludarium I've been kicking around...
 
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This is my new 5.5 gallon shrimp tank. It isn't aquascaped at all yet, as I had to move them quickly from the leaking 3 gallon, and I wanted everything stable before I started messing it up too much. The shrimp seem pretty happy with their new home.
 

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Welcome! Nice looking tanks. It is always nice to see a betta in such a good home. :)

MTS is real, but it can sometimes work in reverse too. A few years ago I got sick of it and tore down all except my big 150g office tank. I then built a 12g long nano tank, and I've held steady with just those two for a couple years. But I really want to start an invert tank again...and my daughter wants another betta...and there's that idea for a Hainan Island biotope paludarium I've been kicking around...
Dewwwww itttttt! 🤣
 

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