Originally Posted by PhDBound
I was asked to maintain an aquarium in a Dr's office and I am not sure what to charge. I haven't seen the tank, but I was told it is a 100gal. There is an over-abundance of algae. The fish are in poor health, most of them have died. I am clueless what to charge. I expect I will visit once a week to get the water conditions stabilized.
This is a SW
tank, correct? If so, you will need to go more than once a week until it is stabilized. After that, you will need to set up a system for water top/off.
As far as what to charge, I suppose it will depend on how much time it takes you and how much is involved. The good news is that they must realize by now that this is a hobby/job that does involve some specialized knowledge. If it were easy, they wouldn't need your help.
I would think something like $100 a month plus costs - just a wild guess. Just make sure you charge enough to make it worth your while. I would also make sure you tell them up front that they will likely have to spend some money on equipment and supplies to get things lined out. I find that I am much more willing to spend money on something when I am told up front what to expect.
Let us know how it goes. You may also want to take your camera with you for some b/4 pictures (which, of course, you must share with us.)
Edit: I saw you put this same thread in fish only. Apparently I am way off on my pricing estimate. I would go with Darin's figure, but make sure you know what you are doing. At $75/hr, Darin is bringing a great deal of expertise - no way would I be comfortable being responsible for someone else's SW
tank. Although I love it, I feel like I have my hands full with just my tanks.