Hydroponic gardening is only as complicated as you want it to be. A new grower walking into a hydroponic store can easily become overwhelmed. Today, more products are being released than ever before. The simplest systems are the drip system or ebb & flow systems. Very simple to manage, the ebb and flow has fewer parts. Both systems have easy clean up and are not too expensive. If you are new, you do not need to completely automate your grow area. Get used to controlling every function of your grow room manually, in order to learn the growing process. Once you have grown to master the variables, you can automate them later. I love Hydroponics. The reason being that you can create whatever you can imagine. The sky is the limit. Once you have mastered a smaller system move onto a larger one.