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Old 03/01/2007, 11:13 AM   #1
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Price for Aquarium Maintenance?

I have a 125g aquatrium. Anyone know what the "average" maintenace cost would be? I received a quote for $1 per gallon, but have no idea if thats reasonable.


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Old 03/01/2007, 11:28 AM   #2
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Maintence? For a tank that big having a fuge or a sump it should be easy to keep. I know a lady that is too lazy to clean her tank ... pays some girl $85 to do it for her.


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Old 03/01/2007, 11:33 AM   #3
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Maintence? For a tank that big having a fuge or a sump it should be easy to keep. I know a lady that is too lazy to clean her tank ... pays some girl $85 to do it for her.
When you work 16 hours a day its not a question of being lazy. Im glad you have the time to maintain your tank, but I simply asked how much people are being charged - those that are too lazy to do it themselves.


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Old 03/01/2007, 12:02 PM   #4
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When you work 16 hours a day its not a question of being lazy. Im glad you have the time to maintain your tank, but I simply asked how much people are being charged - those that are too lazy to do it themselves.
Didn't want to tick you off sorry , but yeah the lady I know is lazy she does not work at all. $1 a gallon is pretty good, but just watch out for the extra fees. I know some stores charge extra if its reef. I can ask that lady about her helper if you want?


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Old 03/01/2007, 12:09 PM   #5
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$1 per gallon is good. I used to charge 50.00 per hour.


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Old 03/01/2007, 01:59 PM   #6
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Re: Price for Aquarium Maintenance?

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I have a 125g aquatrium. Anyone know what the "average" maintenace cost would be? I received a quote for $1 per gallon, but have no idea if thats reasonable.
I was told that $1 per gallon is a good price for full maintenance!

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Old 03/01/2007, 02:06 PM   #7
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There are loads of ranges in price for mainenance contracts. Some of the variables are how often the visit, how much of it they do, how much you do, how far are they traveling, and who is liable for the live stock if something goes wrong.

On a general note they will usually have a set monthly amount, plus a set amount for the numbber of visits they do per month, and a additional charge per gallon. Some may also add in a fuel charge dependent upon distance.

For a 125 gallon reef tanks I have seen variable prices ranging from $150.00 per month to over $500.00 per month from the same place. The big difference being the degree of service the customer wanted.

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Old 03/01/2007, 02:08 PM   #8
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I have heard of a local store charging $50 per hour (1 hour min) for maintenance. They can do a 10% water change and clean filters in that time easy. They bring thier own water mix and take the old stuff with them.

I am trying to get a job with them right now doing that.

If you are looking for someone to do yours, PM me and we can arrange something.


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Old 03/01/2007, 02:09 PM   #9
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Thx for the feedback everyone


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Old 03/01/2007, 05:08 PM   #10
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The company I work for charges $75 a hour. We come out, do a water change usually 30g on that size tank, more if needed though. If you want RO water we can bring that for .50 a gallon.

We do a water change, clean all sides of tank, check water paramaters, change all filters etc etc. If you have stuff that you dose with we dose that as well.

Any filter pads, food salt etc, if we have to provide it they charge you. If you have your own it saves you alot of money.


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Old 03/01/2007, 05:55 PM   #11
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Old 03/01/2007, 07:15 PM   #12
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wow, i can't believe that getting a tank serviced cost soo much. does that include all chemicals and is there coverage if something goes wrong? sorry to tag along.


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Old 03/01/2007, 07:43 PM   #13
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wow, i can't believe that getting a tank serviced cost soo much. does that include all chemicals and is there coverage if something goes wrong? sorry to tag along.

If you really think about it, its not completely out of the question. You are used to being really hands on. Most people arent, and some want to and just don't have the time. Do you do your own car mait? Furance mait?

The person has to drive to the customers house, pay for gas, service the tank, drive home... etc etc. So they invest for an hour of service sometimes up to 2 1/2 hours of their time and money for gas and mileage on their car.

Most services make people pay for their own additives and chemicals. Otherwise you make no money.


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Old 03/02/2007, 11:42 AM   #14
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I've got a guy that does my 210 office tank which is an easy reef for $140 a month all inclusive including food. I bring in my own top off RODI as it's silly for him to leave 30+ gallons at my office.


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Old 03/02/2007, 12:38 PM   #15
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When someone quotes $1/g, is that per visit?


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Old 03/02/2007, 01:37 PM   #16
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When someone quotes $1/g, is that per visit?
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Old 03/02/2007, 05:24 PM   #17
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I've got a guy that does my 210 office tank which is an easy reef for $140 a month all inclusive including food. I bring in my own top off RODI as it's silly for him to leave 30+ gallons at my office.

How many visits is that, what food is included, what service does he do to the tank?


Just curious as to how involved he gets.


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Old 03/02/2007, 11:13 PM   #18
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I used to do a few, and mostly got around $60 or so. They provided all supplys, or I would bring them with me - they paid for them though. I did this "on the side" when I worked at the pet store. It seems like good money, but after being there 1-1.5 hours plus travel time, going to the fish store if they needed fish or supplys - it usually took up the better part of the afternoon. For maintenance officially through the LFS, $1 per gallon seems about right, although you could probably get it for $100 per visit. Hopefully they have insurance.


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Old 03/03/2007, 12:31 AM   #19
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Once a month plus a mix of frozen food for the month. 20% water change, water test and general cleaning.


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In New York????
I'd guess he's shilling bumping an 8 year old Lazarus thread.


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That's a great price I would take it.


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Old 09/05/2015, 09:23 PM   #24
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Does that include water? Is it a full reef? What salt do you use too


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