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Successful strategies for 1+ month vacations?

I've seen a fair amount of discussion of shorter absences but am curious if anyone running high-tech setups has any firsthand advice on more protracted time away.

Most of the advice for vacations in the 2 week range seems to favor tapering back lighting and shutting off both CO2 and dosing, with the aim of minimizing growth, but I am wondering if that's a sustainable approach beyond that length of time. (I am manually dosing NilocG's thrive but have a Jebao 4-channel on the way and in principle could set up autodosing. Likewise no issue with keeping up CO2, either as normal or tapered-back. Primary issue is that water changes are not realistic.) Light stocking with biofilm-eating invertebrates, no fish; the plants in question are mostly filmy ferns and aroids but also a few more finnicky things like Tonina and Syngonanthus. Would be satisfied with basic survival and staving off catastrophic algal takeover.
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What's your light duration now?
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What's your light duration now?
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As long as the co2 will be running I was just cut the light cycle in half to around 4 - 4.5 hours. You might even want to start cutting a back some before the vacation starts.
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