the main problem is that he never remembers to fertilize and kinda blows me off when i tell him what to do. basically i am going there once a week and cleaning up a mess of neglect each time.
Welcome to wonderful world of aquarium maintenance.
Folks claim it must be nice etc, but it's a lot of headache, trying to out think the client's bad habits, you being blamed for their neglect and a host of other issues.
It's very rare they do what you tell them to do.
Even then, that rarely last long.
It has to be a goal of theirs, otherwise, it's not going to work.
It'll look nice when you set it up, they will think it's easy(Amano complains about this same stuff also, anyone that does work will also), then fire you or stop listening and think they know it all.
Tom pretty much called that aspect of the situation out. I really don't know what future this tank has since I'm moving to new york in less than two weeks because im transferring to the new school of jazz. so to be brutally honest I can see this tank going south when I move if the main fish guy doesn't lose his (I know everything about fish) attitude and just listen to what i have to say.
people (especially fish nerds) get threatened when they see a guy younger than them telling them what to do to keep a tank clean and algae free.
Haha, it is a good lesson for you However, as long as you get paid.
They hang themselves by their own rope.
Let me give any/everyone advice about clients: if they cannot pay right away or act cheap, do not take them on. No matter what. They will nickel and dime you. Get 50% upfront and 50% on the end. Standard stuff.
Some end up being great clients(1: 10 at best) for planted systems. On going ......even fewer, some you can coach a bit, but they will rarely take your advice.
Same for Weight loss coaches, coaches in general, students if you teach etc, but they, not you, pay the price.
Amano's largest tanks have gone terrible in most cases for these same reasons.
His at home are fine.