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Low Tech VS. High Tech?

Sorry of this has been asked before, but what qualifies as a high tech aquarium vs. a low tech aquarium? Is there a general consensus?
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There aren't really concrete definitions, but typically low-tech means that the tank doesn't have any form of CO2 injection, may or may not have a nutrient-rich substrate, may or may not be fertilized through the water column, and typically doesn't have a whole lot of light. High-tech is the exact opposite of that. I suppose you could say that the main differences between the two are CO2 and amount of light.
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I think it is a useless terminology, that should be replaced with "low light" for low tech, and higher light, for high tech. All low tech tanks have to be low light tanks or they become algae farms. But, adding DIY CO2 makes them do much better, and is certainly not a "high tech" change. All tanks of any kind require that we make sure the plants have adequate nutrients, either by using nutrient rich substrates, or by adding nutrients, so that doesn't make it high tech.

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I think it is a useless terminology, that should be replaced with "low light" for low tech, and higher light, for high tech. All low tech tanks have to be low light tanks or they become algae farms. But, adding DIY CO2 makes them do much better, and is certainly not a "high tech" change. All tanks of any kind require that we make sure the plants have adequate nutrients, either by using nutrient rich substrates, or by adding nutrients, so that doesn't make it high tech.
While AZfishkid is more right that wrong, IMO, Hoppy nailed it.


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I think it is a useless terminology, that should be replaced with "low light" for low tech, and higher light, for high tech. All low tech tanks have to be low light tanks or they become algae farms. But, adding DIY CO2 makes them do much better, and is certainly not a "high tech" change. All tanks of any kind require that we make sure the plants have adequate nutrients, either by using nutrient rich substrates, or by adding nutrients, so that doesn't make it high tech.
+1. This gets asked about once a month. I think we should abandon the 'techs'. I mean, you are either low enough light that you don't need co2 or you're not.

We should proposition Kyle to switch the 'low tech' forum to the 'low light' forum.

What would Honey Badger do?
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+1 to oldpunk said because u can have a low light set up thats high tech with all the goodies thus confusing rookies even more..

just remember k.i.s.s. as we seem to make it much harder than it seems some times.
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