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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-25-2010, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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How to temorarily turn a tank low tech?

So I have a semi-high tech 29g tank(48W T5HO, CO2, EI) but I will be moving in August. As of now I will have about 3 weeks where my tank will be away from me.

Is there a way I can turn the tank low-tech so the house sitter doesn't have to deal with ferts or water changes?

I was thinking maybe turning the light period down to 4 hours a day would keep the plants from dying but also from algae growing. I would prefer not to come back to a tank of algae nor a tank of dead plants. Anyone have any success "pausing" their tanks?

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Well, there is no true way to just "cut" a tank into a different regime without some fleeting consequences, but cutting the lighting intensity (NOT DURATION) is the first place. If that is not an option as a result of the wattage and the complexity of the fixture, you can raise it above the tank more and make it less effective by sheer distance (decreasing intensity by losses as opposed to cutting the wattage).

I would do this slowly if possible. Will save on impacts to the plant life.

If your desperate, just go for it. Will get funky for a bit, but lower light is always a better option if your going to neglect things by happen stance.

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I've seen a similar thread on here before, but I can't think of how to find it. Maybe searching by vacation. As I remember it involved cutting your light down to half of normal, stop dosing ferts and do a WC a couple days before you go, and no CO2 until you get back. My memory is not the best so don't hold me to this

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