01-02-2011, 11:48 AM
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I would personally say it depends on what you mean by "harder". What is your specific concern? Saltwater tanks are not more time consuming to maintain, which is the common misconception. The difference is that most people who start with freshwater tanks start with the easy to keep fish, such as your basic Tetras and Livebearers. For some reason the beginner in the saltwater hobby wants it all and rarely resists the temptation to keep fish which are more difficult to care for, which causes the reputation.
If the average person in freshwater started with a live plant tank full of Discus, they would probably find the that the amount to learn was frustrating as well.
In other words, both sides of this hobby have their challenges, and it all depends on what you dislike. Personally, I dislike carrying buckets of water, so I avoid the freshwater tanks for the most part. I'd rather do a few water tests and add some chemicals, which is about all my saltwater tanks need. Kind of like taking care of a swimming pool.