Studies have demonstrated a wide range of health benefits from keeping fish; everything from a reduction in blood pressure to a calming effect on children with hyperactivity disorders. Isn't it time you take the a plunge into the exciting world of fish?
Fish keeping is an ideal hobby for everyone. They are affordable (as cheap as $10 per gallon for tank and equipment, plus as little as $1 per fish) and easy to care for. A well maintained, healthy aquarium is an object of beauty.
Before you rush into this new world, I would strongly encourage you to plan your tank out. That's where I can help you out.
I am a passionate aquarist and naturalist, and have over ten years of successfully maintaining a wide range of tropical freshwater fish. I have a Master of Science in Aquatic Biology and Resource Management.
Guidance is available on issues such as:
tank design/species selection
ensuring your tank has sufficient filtration system(s)
ensuring the tank is large enough for the amount of fish
ensuring the fish are suitable to their environment and each other
food and equipment purchase
I am available as a consultant on an hourly basis or for a fixed cost on larger scale projects. I am also available to help with any maintenance or cleaning issues.
Price Estimates (excluding cost of any supplies/equipment required)
Tank Maintenance ($30/hr):
Includes water quality testing, disease treatment, water changes/top-off, filter maintenance/media replacement, interior/exterior surface and light fixture cleaning, substrate/decor deep cleaning, visual inspection of livestock, food/supply inventory.
Aquarium or System Installation ($50/hr):
System/equipment installation or transfer/relocation.
Aquarium Livestock Transportation (within 10 mile radius):
$35 delivery charge for livestock (includes selection, transportation and acclimation).
$25 delivery charge for supplies (food, equipment, medication-includes dosing/instructions).
Aquarium Holiday/Vacation Care
$25 for each day or visit needed (includes feeding, water level top-off, and weekly testing as needed).
Custom Tank Design ($100)
Includes detailed description of equipment and livestock recommendations to meet your budget.
For further information on how we can work together to ensure the best possible outcome for your aquarium, please contact me via email with details of your project and how I can best serve you. I very much look forward to working with you.