That's an interesting point Vicki, but I can't help but wonder if some of those issues are due to still trying to grow the same high light plants with the same high lights but without the CO2 and ferts to keep up with the growth leading to poorer plant growth and hence more algae? With my low lights and plants that do well in those conditions, I don't seem to have quite those issues, my tanks are very low maintenance.
Vicki you ninja'd me
but I think my point is still fair, did you lower your lights and change your plants to low light plants? If not, perhaps you haven't TRULY experienced low tech?
(please don't think i'm trying to be mean, I'm just pointing out different angles
also I do agree, I think the work is different, more this for one, more that for the other
Sharkfood - I'm afraid I have to disagree with you, or at least say that I think you've made an unfair assessment, I do not think it's fair to say that the only things that make up the hobby are fertilizing and plant trimming. Not every person that keeps planted tanks keep them only for the plants. There are many of us that keep them because they look nice and accentuate the fish in our tanks, and help create a healthier environment for our fish. Furthermore, the low tech route is a specialty in and of itself, many people have both high light and low light tanks and all are beautiful. Some people choose to have low tech tanks because they like the challenges that come with that method, some people, like me, enjoy having a planted tank but lack the time and/or funds to make the high tech upgrade. This does not mean i neglect my tanks, simply that I chose plants and lighting conditions that require very litte maintenance so that I can enjoy the beauty of a planted tank, but one that I can leave be for weeks without maintenance and it won't crash and burn from the lack of fertilizers / CO2 etc.
Sorry Vicki, didn't meant to take your thread on a tangent