10-14-2011, 02:47 AM
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Originally Posted by zof
If you want to get really creative then heres an idea for you;
Charge $.50 a gallon (minimum $5 a week)
And for that price they get their weekly water change and they join your fish exchange (must be a weekly active member)
One of the reasons people become neglectful is because they get bored of their tanks because they always look the same, so in this fish exchange they have the option of switching the fish in their tank once a month for fish you have in stock if they want it. Also if they so wish you can completely switch out their aquarium decor to something new every week when you do the water change.
This adds excitement and value for the price you charge so they are much more likely to pay it, plus this way you can make sure the fish stay in good health and keep people from over stocking or putting to big of a fish in a small tank. Of course this probably means you will need to keep more tanks to hold the extra fish but I'm sure you wouldn't mind that as you sound like a fellow addict. Once you get a base of stuff and fish its just all about rotating everything between peoples tanks. If a fish dies while someone has it then tell them they will need to get another from a pet shop to stay in the exchange (so you don't get stuck with that bill).
You wont make a fortune but it will be a nice little source of income.
Fish exchange is quickest way I know to cause stress to fishes = sick fishes, and possibly spread afore mentioned Disease,parasites,etc across several tank's.