I’ve noticed that as well. I typically spend $10,000 - $15,000 getting set up in any major hobby I get into. The same with this hobby.As a collector of hobbies this one is on PAR if you will... with the others. (ham radio, Jeeping, physics, water sports, gaming) there is always some bit or bob that is eager to eat a spare $500+
I know why people are comparing, but imo its irrelevant to these types of threads.Everyones comparing to show this isnt the only hobby that cost $$.
You could theoretically make a scrapbook hobby cost more than your reef......
Its about how involved and invested you are and if its ultimately worth it to you...
Sounds like its not worth it for the OP ...clearly ...since we all dont share his opinion lol.
I think folks are just putting this in perspective. To your other comment about pricing, I think you and I agree that it’s simply supply and demand. People are paying the higher prices so we’ll keep seeing them at the same price until demand goes down (or up).I know why people are comparing, but imo its irrelevant to these types of threads.
I think to be fair, that what the OP is saying is, when did everything become a Ferrari. If you were in the market for a car and every dealership you went to were only selling Ferraris..I’d love to get into collecting vintage Ferrari’s, but buying multi-million dollar cars will never be something I can do. I don’t spend too much time complaining about it, I spend most of my time doing things I can afford.
Nice thoughtful response. Encouraging, without shaming.It depends. I shoot for 15 - 17 dollar per frag range which factors in shipping. Sometimes I will splurge and pay around 40 if I want to support the business. I do not have any boutique corals in my tank so it isn't expensive for me. However, i will say that when you look at the tank as a whole it isn't uncommon to spend as much as a kitchen remodel. You need to know this going in because we are talking about water. Saltwater. And if done incorrectly or with short cuts - the wrong ones - it can cause serious damage to both living quarters and personal.
Prices in other hobbies are no different. Scuba diving - check. HPDE? Have to be able to walk away from the car and in my case that was 55k. I've seen others walking from North of 150k and as low as 10k (older miata). Just depends on what you want to do and how practical you are.
If you are upset because you are not able to, or choose not to, play in the boutique space. Don't be. Plenty others to choose from. To put this into perspective one night after a really good filet dinner I looked back at the table and saw the wine bottle. I chuckled and said to my better half - well, there goes my Gem Tang...
One last thing. There are really some good people in this hobby that share frags. It can be a self sustaining hobby between hobbyists because we cut, trim, and rehome. Clubs, meet and greets, all work. If you are not as outgoing say or a bit more recluse (as my wife calls me) then no, you probably won't see as much. But it happens.
We have all been there. Two in college. Tank upgrade. I wanted to use TBS rock. I couldn't make it work so I went with dry pukani. Worst decision I made with the tank but here I am two years later and saying while I don't like it - it worked in the end.
Enjoy the hobby. It is what you make of it. Best of luck to you.
LOL, exactly!Corals are still the same. Its the same corals 5 years ago and its still the same corals 10 years ago. What you’re paying is the crazy name and who has the best photographer. You can pick up a GSP from lfs/hobbiest for $5 or pay $50 for a “ultra rainbow kryptonite green star polyps”.
Nice example. Bah haa ha! That’s funny.As for corals and anenomes... That I truly do not understand. My lfs had a big rose bta $100, it split into 12 tiny btas $80 each.
2" frag of GSP $60. I mean I understand there is overhead to growing corals and anemones, but I'm guessing there's an insane markup as well.