Now that we are in a more nutural forum im sure your responses will be a bit more even. Not many SW
folks look in the FW
I have had both types and I still do. When I had exclusivly FW
tanks I wasnt bothered with learning more than the info I could get from my LFS
. When I started a SW
tank I was veryinterested in learning as much as I could. Mostly because of the economic commitment that is involved. Getting into SW
has greatly increased my overall knowlege of the aquarium hobby as a whole.
Some comments that have been made here seem to be made 'off the cuff' with little real background into both types. To compaire the two one really needs to have a decent level of knowlege about the two. Other comments seem to imply a desire to see genetic enhanced fish in the SW
hobby. The vast majority of SW
hobbists are VERY interested in the natural reef systems and having geneticly engenered fish would be less desirable than having fish with a natural coloration.
Much less is known about SW
fish than FW
fish. There have been FW
fish farms for decades to help make the FW
side of the hobby very self sustaning where there is very little wild fish collected and used in the hobby. Regretfully SW
farming methods have not kept up with FW
so many more fish are wild caught and introduced into the hobby. Those of us SW
folks whom are very serious about the hobby are very interested in purchasing captive breed fish/corals when possible as well as sharing 'frags
' with other hobbists so as to lessen the impact on the wild reefs. The degree that conservation is important to SW
folks and education in general to SW
folks can be seen in the fact that the annual conference of SW
hobbists thats being held in DC
is going to focus exclusivly on conservation and education aspects.
Its unfair to comair the two as they both have their merits. There is no ONE tank that fits everyones wishes, and desires. I can tell you that every single person that walks into our house is drawng right away to our two SW
tanks. Unless they happen to catch a view of my little girl first.