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What's the difference between hu tech and low tech?

I'm just getting into the hobby and an explanation would be great thanks guys
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Re: What's the difference between hu tech and low tech?

Well, "hu" tech involves more lighting, pressurized co2, and fert dosing of some kind. Low tech is less light, no co2, no ferts. Usually low tech uses a nutrient rich soil in place of the fertilizers that would be added with hi tech.

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So, if you use minimal ferts, no CO2, and med to low light are you running a "medium tech" tank?

I was under the impression that if you were not running CO2 and not using HO lighting that you were under the classification of "low tech". Am I wrong in this thinking?

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Hu tech? I just know of low tech and high tech.

Low tech= little fertilization, excel no co2 injection, low lighting.

High tech= moderate-high fertilization, co2 injection or excel, and anything above low lighting.

It's all relative.
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Re: What's the difference between hu tech and low tech?

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It's a murky area, though use/non use of C02 is generally the defining point for most folks.

There tends to be a false connection made between light levels and tech levels--which is somewhat understandable as *usually* a high light tank does best with injected C02 and high ferts. However, low light tanks can benefit from C02 use and moderate-to-high light tanks can be run without it.

I would also strongly disagree that low-tech tanks are "usually" dirted---while it's growing more common, it's far from standard and substrate choice is not intrinsically linked to tech levels.
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It's a murky area, though use/non use of C02 is generally the defining point for most folks.

There tends to be a false connection made between light levels and tech levels--which is somewhat understandable as *usually* a high light tank does best with injected C02 and high ferts. However, low light tanks can benefit from C02 use and moderate-to-high light tanks can be run without it.

I would also strongly disagree that low-tech tanks are "usually" dirted---while it's growing more common, it's far from standard and substrate choice is not intrinsically linked to tech levels.
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That doesn't make for a discussion. Now if you referenced a thread and made comments, that would work.
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High tech - pressurized CO2
Low tech - no pressurized CO2
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High tech - pressurized CO2
Low tech - no pressurized CO2
For the purpose of discussion,

If pressurized CO2 is high tech and no pressurized CO2 is low tech.... would that mean that

DIY CO2 (low pressure CO2) = Medium Tech
Pressurized CO2 w/ pH controller and timer = Super High Tech?

All this labeling seems arbitrary to me.
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High tech - pressurized CO2
Low tech - no pressurized CO2

+1 it is a simple term hobbyists have found to define Co2 supplementation. There are many low tech tanks with high lighting and a supplement schedule that rivals reef systems. I have heard a few folks use the term medium tech, but it is difficult to define and lacking any commonly understood definition it is only applicable with further explanation. I myself have always assumed it referred to higher lighting, non-Co2, heavily supplemented, and possibly special (non area specific tap) water parameter tanks. Thus many tanks fall into this category as they require a very high degree of specialized care.

To be honest they can all be just as difficult and problematic. They just have different and unique strategies that have proven effective and the term helps other hobbyists know what type a system you are working with.

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This is what happens when we try to define terms in the aquatic hobby. You get many different answers lol.
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