Something to ponder, or perhaps debate. I have thought to myself lately about success in reefing. What do we consider success, and how do we even measure it? Is it more of an emotional or psychological rite, or a sense that you have reached some point that you are completely content with? Or, does it pertain more to the inhabitants in the tank, and how happy and healthy they are, being more of a visual confirmation? Maybe it's simply a measure of time or volume? Can we say that after X amount of years, or gallons we’ve done it? We are "there?" I know that there will always be levels of triumphs and setbacks throughout our time spent in this hobby. Even the finest reef tanks will inevitably cycle through many ups and downs. But is there a point that we can look at our tanks, reflect on ourselves, and claim that we are not just pulling it off anymore, but have achieved total success? And if so, what is that point, and when or how is it realized? The more I think about it, the more ambiguous it becomes to me, because this is an evolving hobby and our measures of success are evolving right along with it. If success is achieved, how long will it be till we need to build on or improve that level of success? Ultimately I do believe it’s more of a personal realizing, than the kind of confirmation a tank full of thriving colonies can give you. Which is not to say that it can be a lot easier to feel you are there, when you have had a tank running for years and your coral is as healthy as it can be. But it may just boil down to whether you are a glass half full, or half empty kid of person. Is the thrill of the chase for success more satisfying than the actual sense of feeling successful? Or is true success possible or really even necessary at all? What do you think? At what point do we feel that we are successful reef keepers? And if we do finally get there, well then what comes next?