I would charge a monthly maintenance fee.
Yes I was thinking $50/2x a month.
Then every week I could run over and top off if no one else could.
I really don't know much about doing this kind of business, and I also don't know what the nature of your relationship with the spa ownership is, but my advice would be to first reach an agreement on liability. No matter what you charge for the service performed, I don't think you would want to be held responsible for any mishaps, equipment failure, operator error, etc. Just my $.02.
Agreed! And I'm thinking this one over. Have some ideas already.
I would maybe try pm'ing Tom Barr(plantbrain) as I believe he has tons of experience in this line of work. Other than that, just wish I had something to add myself, good luck!
Good point. Thanks!
Here's what I would do for a 120:
Eheim 2217( for heating and co2)
4x54w Catalina retrofit
Hydor inline 300w heater
Rex or other co2 reactor
Regulator+ 10lb tank
Ada as 1 as a cap
And live stock
You are looking at 1000+ bucks
This spa is really nice. its called the Urban Muse. I'm not doing anything with retrofits.
Filtration is up for debate. FX5 would be nice.
I'm pushing them toward a tek fixture right off the bat.
In line heater...done.
Regulator will be a SUMO with tank
MTS capped with something...but most likely not ADA. I'm sticking with what I know how to work with. This wouldn't be the time to "try something new".
Isn't glass cages the one that doesn't always deliver on schedule? If so I wouldn't want to be the person in the middle of that transaction. You really have nothing to gain by being frugal.
Not so worried about delivery. This setup is on my time schedule. I am leaning this way simply because of the vast tank sizes and shapes. If a standard tank size is picked it doesn't have to be Glasscages, however that Starfire glass is nice.
Unless somebody there wants to stay on top of things on almost a daily basis, you're gonna want to stay away from both high lighting and pressurized CO2. That's just more that can go wrong. You won't be there but occasionally. Think about a lowlight setup, and MTS is unnecessary. If they're interested in a good-looking tank, they might be upset at "dirt" spreading around every time you uproot something. As long as you have root tabs, there shouldn't be much (if any) difference in growth between MTS and just plain sand, especially in a low-light tank.
Anyway, that's my input. Unless somebody (like you) is there very often to fertilize, trim, clean, check for leaks, and generally look for potential problems before they happen, you want as low maintenance as possible.
I can definitely be there a few times a week. They are literally in my backyard.
MS in my opinion is very easy to work with and once a scape is setup, I just run with it. I have never had problems uprooting anything in an of my MS tanks. I'd also avoid stems that grow rapidly unless they will pay for me to be there 1x a week to trim.
MS also allows me to avoid dosing for the most part.
you could get an electronic solenoid and an auto fert doser....
MTS...no dosing needed really. I dose non of my MTS tanks. A little K after 6-8months...
I doubt he would have co2 without a solenoid...
The auto fert doser can become un-reliable, although there are lots of SW guys that use it. Go medium tech, pump bottle ferts every now and then, maybe paintball co2, and use root tabs. More importantly, ask what their budget is, although you might have the time for high tech, do they have the $$$?
Definitely will have a solenoid on the rig.
again, no dosing with MTS.
Budget shouldn't be a problem...unless of course they want a huge tank, but they don't have room for a massive tank. IMO a 75 or 90 would be fine.
Never, tank would be too large.
Good point. You can also educate some1 from spa to dose Fert and water change weekly...if you are going to do EI dosing, but if no1 there wants to do water change than you can do PPS-Pro. Regarding cost, when I set up my tank approximately it costed me $1600 for 100+ gal.
Again no dosing needed. I guess if I wanted to dose I could 3x a week but like I said I've never dosed any of my MTS tanks and I've never had a problem. Tanks for the $$$figure. Thats good to know.