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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-20-2008, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Going from high tech to low tech

Long story, but the short version is that I'm tired of daily ferts, changing CO2 canisters and trimming rapidly growing weeds.

So I'm trying to convert my 75g to a low tech tank. Yesterday, I did a massive tank breakdown, removed my CO2 system, and removed all of my demanding plants. This left me with a huge Java Fern, a massive anubias nana, some crypts and some corkscrew val. The Java fern and the anubias alone fill better than half the tank.

Substrate is Eco-complete, and I have a TEK 4x54 HO t-5 light on it. I'm just running two bulbs (2x54w) right now.

What else do I need to do/watch for?

Could I put some non-plant spectrum bulbs in the fixture to perhaps bring out colors better in the fish etc without getting into algae danger with too many watts/gal? Should I do any ferts/traces at all?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-20-2008, 10:52 PM
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KISS. Keep your lights low up to 2, maybe 2.5wpg but some would argue this.
Dont add more lights than you need too because it will add to algae.
You can dose but not too much and not too often. Your plants will grow a lot more slowly so uptake of nutrients will be minimized greatly. I dose my low tech 20gal once a month with excel and I have Jobes root sticks under some plants (just teeny pieces. 1 stick cut into 4 pieces). Did the root sticks 2 months ago and havent replaced since. Will do in a couple of weeks though.

Anyone else want to chime in?

But seariously no worries with low tech. KISS. Just let the high tech stress world melt away and enjoy the bliss of finally sitting back and watching your plants slowly grow with little to no effort.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-28-2008, 01:48 AM
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Dogdoc, same boat here. My job has me frequently on the road (so to speak) and I am not around as much to enjoy the tank.

I have two light fixtures over my 90, and I am thinking of redoing things a bit.

Once the CO2 runs out, I am thinking of getting more low light plants, rescaping, putting my ehime wet/dry back together (right now, it is used as a "reactor" via the air line and guts removed)

Anyway, about the two fixtures. One is the all-glass one that came with the tank w/ 2 65 watt bulbs, and the other one is a coralife unit w/2 55 watt lights. My question for the low tech groupies: What would be low tech light levels here? I want to minimize algae of course, but have a happy tank. I am hooked on excel right now, and need to break the habit! Could I just use the second fixture for a couple hours a day when more people are likely to see the tank?

I have a bunch of low tech questions, but will start out here.

Heres to making life simple Doc!


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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-01-2008, 11:31 PM
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I love low tech
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