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BCT182

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I was wondering if anyone does any kind of tank maintenance as a part time job? I was thinking, I might as well make reefkeeping my job. I was just thinking not so much for $$$ but more for the fun. I already have a job. If anyone is looking for a helper, I'd like to get involved. I like seeing other tanks and I think that would be alot of fun.
Brett
 

BlennyBabe

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Im in charge of the display tanks at my school. Its a really fun job, but i find that i have started neglecting my own tank because of it. I dont want to do a waterchange after i did them all day.
 

Ed Hahn

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I watch my Dentist and my daughters Orthodonist pay massive amounts of money for someone to maintain or try to maintain office Reef Tanks. I keep inviting them both to Reef Club meetings. They both offered me jobs. I think the 150-400 dollars a month would be nice. But I would feel guilty taking money for something I enjoy. I also know the gal that has this job. That is what I told them both. Its sounds terrible for me to say this, I think the tanks both could look nicer with very little work. The husbandtry of tank is not compatible. Wrong fish in a reef tank environment. Wrong shrimp in that type of environment. I probably would be best to keep my mouth quiet on this one. I just feel if you are going to get paid for a job you should know which animals are compatible with corals. It has to be disapointing to watch animals die and wonder why. Especially when you have Thousands of dollars worth of work you have paid for a year. So my opinion if you do this have a education or a proven track record. I could not face a person if I did not do a job properly.
 

Shoreliner11

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I work part-time doing maintenance with Indoor Reef. I enjoy seeing the systems but cleaning my own tank is not as bad. It seems that if you get paid for it, it becomes less fun. Nobody pays me to clean my own tank so I don't mind.
 

BCT182

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Like I was saying, I'd thought It would be more like a thing for fun and to see more tanks. I wouldn't need any money really, I've got a job. More for the experience.
Brett
 

Ed Hahn

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Ok, question for you guys that do this for money. Do you try to get their systems as easy to maintain as possible? Do you guide them towards Calcium Reactors, Decent Skimmers, Auto Top offs, Are you using RO or RODI water, Do they feed the fish or you only?
 

wrightme43

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For me, I use low stocking rates, Lots of easy corals, On reefs I come by once a week. I explain upfront there is no garunttee on anything. They must pay upfront for any livestock, if it does not make it through quar. they get 50% off. I do not allow them to feed the fish at all. I use emhiem auto feeders with new life spectrum. I bring algae, and brine shrimp or frozen food once a week. I have found if I do what the customer wants we are both unhappy. If I just tell them what I am going to do and then do it. No problems. I charge alot. That seems to keep people from wasting my time. I charge wether we are talking about thier tank or I am working on it. That seems to keep them from wasting my time. The only thing they are allowed to do is top off with rodi water, I leave a 5 gal jug, and bring a new one every week, use the old as part of a water change if I am doing one that week. Most of my clients are hospitols, law offices, and business. I do bring them doughnuts once a month, seems to make everybody happy. I also have a policy of I will not service your tank untill you pay for the last time. Its cheaper to pay me than to have all your corals die. People want reef tanks, people know they will kill their fish. I trade my time for their money. In my mind it is a fair trade. I found this out years ago. People will pay what ever price you set for yourself. To the person that said they don't want to charge for doing it. Charge more and you will get more business. People seem to want to pay alot for things. It seems to me if I see something cheap, I think I will get what I pay for. Like Toyota's motto. Other cars are cheaper, and they cost less too. I'll shut up now. I have a tendency to ramble. Oh yeah the all have a skimmer, u.v. High quality live rock. the best foods. the best lights. I wont do one on the cheap. No point it would be my fault when it failed. STEVE
 

wrightme43

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One that made the paper.

Not the best shot, Not the prettist reef, Easy to care for, Makes the kids at the hospitol happy. Makes the admistrator happy. Pays my bills. It looks better now, and as the stuff grows in it will look even better. STEVE
 

wrightme43

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Its a schooling bannerfish from dave at vivid aquariums in cali. Pm me for address. Its a rena xp3 with purigen and chemipure. in addition it has a tidepool2 drilled to a large rubermaid tote with skimmer and uv. Dave has the hookup. You need to go to his site. I use the bannerfish, because it looks like gill from finding nemo, and nobody knows the difference unless they are fruitloops like us reefers. I recomend the schooling kind, they seem to do better for me. Oh heck heres the address if it has to be removed tell me. www.vividaquariums.com He even gauruntees his fish. and will price match. I never ask for a price match because he has the best quality I have seen. STEVE
 
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