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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-13-2012, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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High Tech vs Low tech

what makes a tank high tech or low tech tank?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-13-2012, 11:06 PM
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Primarily the amount of light.. than pressurized co2 and dosing of ferts
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ohh ok im sure my tank is low tech then
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To be honest in my opinion.. Ive always thought the terms "High Tech" and "Low Tech" were poor uses of what it is. because truly what makes a High tech tank so and same with low tech.

I know folks myself included that use low light, dose ferts and use Co2. The plants totally benefit from it. I get better growth, fuller thicker plants and better color by using ferts and Co2 even with low to medium light. So would that make it a high tech? I dont think it is really.. Its low light. One of the things people use to classify low tech is low light.

Personally I think we need better terms that dont make it seem so absolute. Low or High light, Co2 or not.. But thats just my opinion.. Never have liked the terms low or high tech.

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I was going to say "depends on how much work your willing to do" but what I posted is what I feel is general idea of differences. I do dose too with my low techs
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I prefer to think of the tanks as high maintenance vs low maintenance.
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I personally hold the belief that the difference between high-tech and low-tech is CO2...
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I like to think of this comparison as a line on a graph. No tech would be zero and the more light and stuff you put into the water column the higher and further you would move into the high tech area. It is not black and white.
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My opinion:

Beware, some people think low tech means low budget and vice versa.

As stated above high light will 99% require "high tech" by the means of maintenance, and equipment.
Low light can be high tech and low tech.

Both high tech and low tech can be low budget or not, that depends of the point of view or more specifically of the keeper's pocket.


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Since many people have different perceptions, I think that in broadest terms it should be:

low budget and low maintenance vs. hight budget and high maintenance

Because DIY co2 can be cheap and low maintenance, high lights could be found at a pretty good price, and you can find tanks cheap as dirt sometimes on craigslist lol
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O ya and dry ferts are cheap as well most of the time
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I think of it as direct injected co2 as high tech and if you don't have it it's low. The rest is implied. If you have injected co2, you'll probably have pretty high light and ferts. If you have low tech, that's not to say you can't grow good plants, it's just you won't grow it as quickly.

So in other words, high tech = you can grow stemmed plants 2-3 inches a day
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2 to 3 inches a day? Dang
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I consider my tanks low tech...
I plant the plants and watch them.. Thats it..
High tech to me starts around Co2 and fertz.

Or maybe its when you get to experience the joy of seeing every type of algae firsthand.


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I like to think of it as there being a number of "approaches" to keeping aquatic plants.

One of those is the "high tech" approach with pressurized CO2, highly specialized aquarium lighting and a high maintenance schedule including: daily (often EI) dosing of fertilizer, weekly water changes of 40-50% and frequent pruning. The goal here is to create the optimum environment for all aquatic plants (even very demanding ones) to thrive. I like to call this "Petal to the metal".

Another approach is a "low tech" tank. Usually these involve finding the delicate "balance" between flora and fauna that helps eliminate much of the maintenance listed above and limits the growth of algae, and using a specifically chosen nutrient rich-substrate and less demanding plants. Water changes are rare and probably feature more top-offs than actual water changes. The goal is to provide a healthy, liveable habitat for both flora and fauna while eliminating as much maintenance as possible.

There are then multiple approaches that fall somewhere in the middle, usually combining principles of the above methods. This is what most aquarists use. Depending where they fall on the gamut of maintenance frequency they might call their approaches "low tech" or "high tech", but really what they mean or should say is "more-high-tech-like" or "more-low-tech-like".
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