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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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What do you prefer Low Tech or High Tech?

Well like the title says "What do you prefer Low Tech or High Tech?


As of right now low tech because I don't use CO2 or dose anything.

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I have various degrees on low-tech & high tech tanks mandated by the flora, lighting and substrate of my diffrent tanks.

But my fav is natural planted tanks with med. light & liquid fert dosing.
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As of right now low tech because I don't use CO2 or dose anything.
Got a link to to tank?
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No I haven't posted pics of my tanks. I don't have the fancy setups like others. I've wanting to get pics of my tanks.

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i prefer both

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Low tech! With dirt!

Back on the forum after two moves across two years! Slowly getting back into the hobby!
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low tech for sure you can make it look just as good without the costs

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Where really is the line when comes to high and low tech? I mean, you can have all the research time and money put into a Low tech tank just because you chose to do DIY instead of dropping bills to get pricey equipment and still get that "high" tech tank look. Or you can drop loads of funds into equipment for a high tech tank, then not have any clue how to use it properly to its full potential and barely get the results you would with a low tech setup. Personally I am a mix, I'll drop coin into quality equip when I have to, but DIY if i know i can make it work just as well, if not better.

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Where really is the line when comes to high and low tech?
Seems to depend on the individual, for at Low Tech Tank Show-and-Tell thread there are some tanks that have diy Co2. To me low tech is light up to medium high and no Co2 injected.

I like low tech low maintenance with dirt.
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Seems to depend on the individual, for at Low Tech Tank Show-and-Tell thread there are some tanks that have diy Co2. To me low tech is light up to medium high and no Co2 injected.

I like low tech low maintenance with dirt.


I agree with like you said it seems to depend on the individual. I think of low tech like you said Hilde. Low tech is having a light with no type of CO2(either press., DIY, or in the form like Excel or Metricid.

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high tech because of the color's and growth you can get out of plants..

co2 is a little riskier if you don't know what you are doing, but you cannot make a low tech setup look as good as a co2 setup.. especially with plant setups like iwagumi etc..

Not to mention how co2 helps prevent most algae.. if you know what you are doing.. I haven't seen too many low tech tanks that haven't had problems with BBA amongst other massive algae problems

Not sure what Rexthecrayfish meant, but take a look at a high tech co2 system, a low tech doesn't compare period
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... take a look at a high tech co2 system, a low tech doesn't compare period
Clearly you haven't seen this thread:
]Low Tech Tank Show-and-Tell (low tech can be lush, too! =)
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I feel that really, they are both great in different ways. A good low tech is very little maintenence with a long maturity time. High Tech is more maintenence with results that comes a lot faster. I prefer high tech because of the color you are able to have and the ability to grow just about any plant.
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Low tech seems to be easier, safer - with less problematic water conditions risk, less worrisome, lower maintenance & less lighting need, lesser cost, easier to live with & enjoy.
The flip side is hi-tech generally produces quicker & much better results, with less potential algae problems, and usually a much better- looking, professional tank.
Take your pick.
I've tried both, and I'll go with low tech for less concern & headaches, overall - but it's definitely a matter of preference & your own individual experience with it.

I'm quite happy with my very low-tech planted discus tank:
http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...ul/lolliblues2
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I went hi-tech when I got my dream tank (40g breeder) from my wife a few years ago. Then my cat knocked the lights in to the tank. And then my CO2 rig went funky (couldn't hold a constant pressure).

So right now I'm mid-tech. Modified EI dosing, high light, regimented Excel, high fish load. Seems to be working alright, and I dont have to worry about massive water changes every Sunday or end of tank dumps.
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