Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: The Bush, Alaska
Canada is also a fairly limited market. There are clubs in a lot of major cities, but a lot of them go down to the US for plants. Which could be a good thing for you, but your main issue is going to not be able to grow plants outside year round. I'm looking at getting a 90ft greenhouse here in TN for my backyard to do something similar, except I am going to do more wholesale. I was earning about $100/week or more from my 75g emersed tank, the problem was though that all that money went back into more aquariums and the overhead generally matched the income, which was great for me because I was 15 years old and had a free hobby that taught me a lot.
If I were you, I would get a rack, start out with either rubbermaid tubs and shoplights, miracle grow soil, or 10g tanks and flourite or ideally because of price, a homemade kitty litter mix.
Foregrounds are always an easy sell here on the forums, so are anubias and crypts, but those take awhile to grow.
Emersed is so much easier and you don't have to worry about co2, algae, pests, too much light, etc.
During the summer, I use kitty pools outside with miracle gro and can harvest around 19 sq feet of glosso after a few months, and ditto in regards to stems, HC, HG, and crypts triple in size.
Don't quit your day job just yet. Most people slowly build their business from just a hobby to full time. I have seen multiple 'shrimp businesses' 'plant businesses' and 'fish businesses' go from start to finish in under a year. Do it for fun, not for the money. I doubt most successful aquarium businesses rake in a lot of dough, they do it purely because its fun.
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