Originally Posted by Kinstrome
How difficult are reef tanks, by the way? They have always sounded like a separate level of intense.
There is a learning curve that can be pretty steep depending on the skill set you bring with you. People who get a reef tank to look at the pretty colors might get in over their heads in short order; folks who want a small challenge of their patience and have a decent grasp of basic biology and chemistry should find a reef fairly simple and quite rewarding. I haven't been without a reef tank since I started keeping one the mid '90s.
They are also not for the faint of wallet -- it is not at all difficult to spend $100 a gallon for equipment and livestock -- though DIYing can offset that quite a bit.