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Hello everyone!

I have a lot of high-tech tanks set up throughout my house and my current "fish room", and the bills are becoming higher as I have a bad case of MTS. I usually spend around $300-500 per month on this hobby between fertilizers, CO2, new equipment, fish, shrimp, plants, etc. I have been able to offset this cost for a while by about $100 by selling trimmings from my various plants.

I recently came up with an idea that I think may be able to offset more of the costs of this hobby so that I can possibly do more, or better maintain what I currently have. I would like your opinion on this idea, and I am sorry that this is such a long post.

I have a basement that is virtually empty. It is not a finished basement, but that doesn't really concern me too much besides heating, which I have been successful doing with tank heaters in the past relatively cheap. I have a large table that basically spans the perimeter of the basement and it has been holding old equipment for awhile until I came up with this idea.

I am thinking of taking ten gallon rubbermaid totes such as these: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Rubbermaid-10-Gallon-Roughneck-Tote-FG2214TPMICBL/202260839#.UhY5TdWnapg and using submersible heaters to grow various plants that are somewhat common and always have a decent demand, such as various mosses and floating plants. I could use clip-on CFL bulbs for lighting. Each container would take about $40.00 to start including plants, meaning that I could ease my way into this!

I am simply wondering if you all think that growing aquatic plants like these and selling them here, Aquabid, Ebay, etc., would be a viable option for offsetting most of the costs of this hobby.

I know many people say that it is hard to make any profit from plants, shrimp, etc., because of shipping costs. I have never had this problem. I have always been able to have buyers pay for shipping more than happily on other sites, but less so here on my other account.

P.S. I have a LOT of red cherry shrimp in a 40 gallon breeder at the moment and I was debating possibly breeding some of them in the totes with the plants as well.

I would appreciate any and all input, as I have been in this hobby for many years now and I have already had experience with these plants, shrimp, etc. I already do this on a hobby level as mentioned above, and this would not be a business venture or anything like that, just a small setup to offset the costs of the hobby.
 

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Thanks for the reply!

I have been thinking about it some more and I would love to give it a try as long as there is a good chance of making a profit. I love working with aquatic plants and shrimp, so this would also help satisfy my MTS while hopefully offsetting some costs.

I understand what you are saying about finding people to purchase plants, shrimp, or whatever else. That has been my biggest fear this whole time. I could easily sell monthly trimmings on this site and others (Aquabid and Ebay), but I have never tried it with a higher volume of plants.

Has anyone here had any experience with something like this, or any other advice? Thanks again!
 

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Thanks for the reply!

I mentioned above that it could be started small scale, and I am thinking that I will be doing it that way. Starting something like this large scale would be fine if you had done it before and knew that there was a market for x volume of x plants.

Unfortunately, I only have experience selling small amounts of trimmings, so I cannot guarantee a market like that, and it would be experimental at best. I am thinking of starting small and seeing if it takes off, or if I am glad that I saved some money and invested overtime.

Thanks for your help!
 
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