View Full Version : Multiple Bucket Syndrome

Chris Noto
01-24-2010, 09:07 AM
Multiple Bucket Syndrome, MBS, is a disorder affecting aquarists. MBS is closely related to Multiple Tank Syndrome, MTS, but usually strikes after MTS is in full swing.

I suffer from a classic case of MBS, in which MTS came first, and ramped up over a period of two years, following a fifteen year period without any overt symptoms of aquarism, except for the overwhelming urge to keep up with the state of the art via the Internet, and occasional pet shop browsing. Workaholism was a primary substitute for aquarism during those years.

I was recently gifted with a bag of Hygrophila polysperma trimmings from Jeremy, AKA Holy Samosa. I was still living in the deplorable state of being in possession a couple of empty tanks, but had none of the related hardware that I thought necessary to get them up and running.

So. I humbly offer the first known entry in the little known AAAA contest for Bucket of the Month (Drum roll, please.):


Upon reading Ken Seiders' post (http://www.atlantaaquarium.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=1536) announcing the sale under way at a mass market pet retailer which has a couple of outlets near me, I couldn't resist adding a couple of dozen Neon Tetras to the menagerie, so they, too, are cooling their heels until a light and heater arrive for the 20 Long that has been empty on the shelf since I picked it up at a club auction several months back.

P.S. Oops. I just changed "Jermemy" to "Jeremy". I hope I've got it right, now. ;)

01-24-2010, 10:48 AM
I hear that professionals won't even consider treating someone with MTS if they show the slightest sign of MBS.

01-24-2010, 01:46 PM
They are doing some remarkable work in certain European populations to see if there is any possible cure. So far, no positive results.

Holy Samosa
01-25-2010, 07:13 AM
Oh gosh.

Do I need help too if I think this is a wonderful and inspiring idea? I just trimmed a bunch of stems in my tank and was wondering how I might keep them on life support until Sunday...

And I'm glad to see the Polysperma is hangin' in there. Want some more? :-)

01-25-2010, 08:46 AM
Just think, when spring arrives MBS can spread outdoors! A little sand or soil in the bottom of a bucket, water, plants, and a few fish, some emersed and floating vegetation. Suddenly those buckets of mosquito infested rainwater have a whole new potential. LOL

02-01-2010, 10:14 AM
And here I thought MTS = Malaysian Trumpet Snails. :)

Chris Noto
02-02-2010, 03:56 PM
And here I thought MTS = Malaysian Trumpet Snails. :)
It's like "to" and "too" or "it's" and "its," for that matter; the context counts for everything. :cool:

All the best,
Chris Noto

02-02-2010, 04:01 PM
It's like "to" and "too" or "it's" and "its," for that matter; the context counts for everything. :cool:
In that case, MTS!

(Many Thanks, Seņor) ;)

02-02-2010, 04:12 PM
There is also MCS (Multiple Container Syndrome). This usually occurs soon after the Aquarist discovers the benefits of growing out live foods. The container will be anything from an empty margarine container to a horse trough. :D