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Old 02-11-2008, 08:11 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by melosu58 View Post
Yes but I was wondering about the every other week or monthly maint. I see them in hospitals all the time here and the nurse told me that the guy comes every month for maint. I`ll bet the salinity swings are unreal.
I suspect that the consumer is oblivious to these issues, as long as the fish don't float. Call me a cynic, but I am sure the caretaker is happy enough to collect the monthly check, and blame any casualties on other factors. The vendor who quotes the job on a weekly basis is at a serious disadvantage (viz. pricing) to the one who says once a month will work.

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It all depends on who get to do the maintenance. At my last job the tank (150 gal) on the executive level was a horror. Several attemps at adding coral to a tank with NO lights. New fish once a month that I don't believe were ever properly acclimated because most died within a few days.

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What a shame. They should have just skipped it and bought a silk plant.
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Old 02-11-2008, 02:39 PM   #14
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For the original post, the charged fee is based on the surrounding area so if I were you, I would contact the surrounding maintenance companies and simply ask what maintenance work they perform, what scheduling is available, and at what charge(s). Maintenance companies will usually have some "bare bones" contract stipulating your schedule and the work to be done along with liabilities. Topping off aquaria can be left to the owners of the tank per instructions; however, if the owners would rather have the company top-off their system then they should be charged accordingly and it should be stipulated in writing.

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