That's interesting. I never saw pricing before. The article states around $43,000 U.S. for a 8 foot setup and $600 monthly maintenance. That doesn't really sound that pricey from a retail perspective, but then again these are usually free-standing setups.
Actually the article continues if your in the U.S. you would have to go for a much bigger setup for it to work logistically for ADA.
hmm. i never set up my own salt water reef thank before, but what is it that is hard to replicate?
I think it's probably scale. A reef's beauty in nature is based on it's size and diversity which would be very hard to do without going to a tremendous size setup. Not that it can't look beautiful, but it would still not be as stunning as nature.
I've never done a reef tank but it seems to me that saltwater tanks attempt to replicate nature on a small scale (or at least the look of natural).
Freshwater mostly does as well, but Amano tanks don't- creating a mountain seen in an aquarium might be re-interpreting nature but it isn't trying to replicate it, if you all know what I'm trying to say.
-which makes me wonder if there is a movemnt in the saltwater arena that doesn't try to replicate nature but make the tank into something like amano has done with freshwater.