Definitely accurate. If one researches one's butt off, one can pull amazing things off in this hobby.
I'd just never recommend jumping into this as a first tank without first testing the waters out elsewhere to dip ones feet.
Newbies almost always make mistakes, usually big ones. Best to make them where you aren't dealing with uncommon variants like these.
I really support testing different things though, and I'm so surprised and happy at this success!!