Who has MTS Syndrome?

Awhile back I wrote about MTS and I’m glad to see MTS getting the attention it deserves. ๐Ÿ™‚

“An amazonian giant pacu was the showpiece attraction at the first National Fish Show held in Hamilton this weekend. The 5kg pacu is a close relation to the fearsome piranha, but Waikato Aquarium Society president Helen Gollop said the fish was a strict vegetarian. “You can throw a whole apple in the tank, and it will happily chomp away on it,” she said.

The Waikato Aquarium Society hoped to have reeled in 5000 visitors to the three-day show held at the Hamilton gardens Pavilion.

It finished today.

The show included a diverse range of aquarium and tropical fish, as well as native freshwater crayfish, a pair of breeding sea horses, turtles, an octopus and reptiles such as the blue tongue lizard. Mrs Gollop hoped the show would spark people’s interest in fish-keeping, especially among children.

“A neat attraction we set up for children is the open goldfish pond which lets them catch their own fish. For just $3 children can net a goldfish, which we’d then bag for them to take home. It’s every kids dream to be able to catch their own fish.”

Mrs Gollop said she would classify herself as an enthusiastic fish-hobbyist, with 20 fish tanks in her living-room at home alone. “I have what’s known as MTS Multiple Tank Syndrome,” she joked.

Fish hobbyist Dave Dalziel said the show’s display of live exotic butterflies was also an Australasian first.

Waikato Times

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Orion October 22, 2007 at 12:20 pm

While I can appreciate what the show is trying to accomplish, I don’t think I like the way they went about it from the way the article read. ‘Finding Nemo’ anyone? Seahorse, turtles and octopus’s are far from easy to keep for those advanced in the hobby, much less suitable for those getting their feet wet. And allowing children to take away and unexpected fish? Wonder where that’s going to end up. Fish bowl, then toilet bowl.

While the heart seems to be in the right place, it doesn’t seem to be the best way of promoting the hobby.

mattfm77 November 12, 2007 at 10:50 am

I also have MTS. Good article but I also had concerns about how they would let the kids net and take home a goldfish. I hope they also gave some instructions on the proper care to keep the fish alive.

chopper May 18, 2012 at 5:44 pm

they should eat the goldfish at least they wont be wasted. i have mts

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