Are any of you bothered when people discredit the difficulty or beauty of planted tanks?
Usually, it's when you're showing your tank and/or talking about your aquarium hobby with someone you don't know too well.
Almost every time, their next question is, "So, have you tried saltwater?"
Or, sometimes, they ask if it's saltwater.
It's as if saltwater is the creme de la creme of the aquarium hobby and everything else is crap.
My blood boils a little when I get questions like that, but I also realize it's ignorance of (freshwater) planted tanks, or perhaps the marketing behind saltwater that makes people think it's better because it's more expensive.
As far as expense, I'm actually not sure. Never had a saltwater tank and don't have any plans for one. I've had planted tanks most of the past 20 years or so, but rarely want another tank so I can do saltwater. Usually if I want another tank, it's so I can do a different planted tank set up.
Anyone else experience this? Does it bother you?
p.s. I'm a big baseball fan and this mindset is similar to one that exists, where some players and fans don't think you've truly "made it" unless you've played for the Yankees. Just pure ignorace, IMHO.