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Traveling fish tank cleaner

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by geofri, Jan 30, 2010.

  1. geofri

    geofri Poikilotherm™ Lifetime Member

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    Some of you might have read a recent post of mine about being in charge of a fish lab at school...

    Anyway, my supervisor gave my name to his local dentist, in case he needs someone to do tank maintenance for the tank he his in his waiting room.

    That reminded me, when I was younger, and in high school, my mother thought it would be a great job...Go to local hospitals, schools, businesses to clean fish tanks.


    Anyone ever hear of such a thing as a traveling fish keeper?

    Think there is a demand for such a thing?




    *don't steal my idea if its a moneymaker! :supergrin:
     
  2. certifiedfunds

    certifiedfunds Cosmopolitan Bias

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    Yes actually it's a nice way to pick up a few extra bucks.
     
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    I have never heard of such a thing, but there very well may be a demand.
    Maybe you could create the demand. Anyway, good luck and keep us posted.
     
  5. geofri

    geofri Poikilotherm™ Lifetime Member

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    Do you fella speak form experience or observation ?

    I really wouldn't know where to start pricing wise? hourly/per job..:dunno:
     
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    Like deuce bigalow.... :rofl:
     
  7. Puppy

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    If your planning on doing this, get a "python" siphon hose & vacuum, it makes cleaning tanks & changing water (especially w/large tanks) a piece of cake.

    Also magnetic glass scrubbers are most excellent.
     
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    Not only businesses, but residences as well. Do it.
     
  9. geofri

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    The Male Gigalo?
     
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    My company has someone come in once or every other week to take care of the 50 gallon tank we have. All we do is feed them, the rest is taken care of by the dude who comes in.
     
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    Thanks!

    Ill look into it! (Used to have a magnetic cleaner, it was nice! )

    I'm excited.. definitely gonna have to look into this whole thing
     
  12. geofri

    geofri Poikilotherm™ Lifetime Member

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    Would you mind PMing me what you pay for the weekly/bi-weekly service?
     
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    I'd charge a dollar a gallon.
     
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    Yes people do it. The hardest part if you were trying to make a living is finding and keeping the customers. I've done it a couple times.
     
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    I have no idea. I just know there have to be plenty of corporations who have tanks, who don't want to have to deal with any of that stuff, so there are services around who do it ;)
     
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    Geofri,

    When you buy a python siphon make sure you get one with a really long hose, don't skimp out and buy a shorter one, granted they are kind of expensive but trust me they are worth every penny.
     
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    I've run a one man aquarium service business for the past 12 years, and did it on the side for another 20...

    Every town has a dozen or so guys doing it...
    You gotta be a real fish guy....

    You don't just 'clean' them...
    Often you put them together, design & decorate them, & guide the people...
    Otherwise, as soon as you screw up or answer a basic question without confidence, or incorrectly, they'll call me and you'll never hear from them again...

    Yes, with a good energy level, you can make money----- although we're all hurtin' in this economy...

    Put it this way...
    One $50.00 (base) job a day, Monday thru Friday, is $1000.00 a month...

    ----and Puppy's 'Python' recommendation was right on...
    It's what makes it all possible...

    :beer:
     
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    geofri Poikilotherm™ Lifetime Member

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    Awesome. Glocktalk has EVERYONE!
    From underwater welders to reptile people to pro fish tank cleaners...Love this place!:thumbsup:

    I'm thinking more a part time job to help me through school. sure wouldn't mind if it expanded into something larger. I do want to run my own business(or 3) in the future. :supergrin:

    If I come up with a few detailed questions later on, would you mind being pestered though PM?
     
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    ----- and you can buy the 20' extensions for $12.00 online too...

    :beer:
     
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    geofri Poikilotherm™ Lifetime Member

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    Ok, thanks!

    ahh, i see. thought you meant you paid the cleaner.


    Lots to think about there! Ive been out of the fish game for a while, and just getting back into it, so i'll need to really get up to speed on my husbandry for different species. I guess it is a large commitment, taking on the responsibility
    of their animals. A few tanks a week would sure help supplement a student's income:thumbsup:

    Cool, thanks!