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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-07-2014, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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High low variation

I was wondering if anyone has experience they could share on varying their tank between high tech and low maintenance. Everyone seems to go for one or the other but can you switch back and forth? Get your plants growing to achieve peak and then slow them down by cutting back on light/Co2/nutrients.
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I usually cut down on ferts, light, and CO2 if I'm out of town for longer than a few days, and crank back up again when I return. No ill affects, no algae, but it's never been more than about a week tops.
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I'm kinda in that dilemma now. going out for my wedding to Jamaica for two weeks. I plan to keep ferts and co2 the same, just lowering my lighting from 100 to 50% for the two weeks. I don't want to mess with the ferts and the co2, that's how you get algae. Lighting will lower the growth of the plants.

No reason to cut back on ferts and co2 once your plants are growing healthy or you'll be looking at unhealthy plants within a couple weeks time.
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