The scale of the guitar hobby dwarfs reefing, the entry level cost can be way more, and it is so much easier to get a guitar and let it sit for months while not touching it.I’m pretty active in the guitar hobby which is similar in that there’s a ton of stuff that costs an absurd amount of money, a ton of lower priced things and also a bunch of DIY options.
the main difference I observe is that there’s a lot of niche pockets in guitar. There’s social media people & creators that specifically focus on budget options, others that focus on making strange noises … along with everything else you can think of.
reefing seems to have an imbalance of style representation. Most of the stuff you see is full blown, name brand, decked out stuff.
plus. I guess there’s enough $ in making guitar content to constantly keep these folks cycling through gear (1 guitar a week). that dynamic isn’t really possible in reefing… is someone really going to test a skimmer a week? How? Both financially and scientifically? Then move on to coders, then lights etc etc. you’d need deep pockets cuz affiliate links to BRS ain’t gonna cut it
it would be helpful to come up with ideas on how to make an independent reviewer/channel/site feasible. Otherwise it’s just going to be the big ones doing it.
I think in reefing you see the full blown, name brand stuff on line. In person at lfs (or on smaller social platforms) you see many more practical and affordable options.
I think the hobby is at, or near, a scale inflection point. For a long time so much was DIY out of necissity, but now you can get everything you need off the shelf. Some really inexpensively.
I think Jake and BRS are making content because they have the facilities to set stuff up and let it run. Doing that on a one off is expensive. I think it is going to take another 10 years for more options to develop because this inflection point has momentum.
If I were advising a new hobbyist, it would be cheap stuff all the way for their first tank. Just like guitars and tools and kiteobarding equipment - how do you know what you want when you don't really know anything?