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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-22-2015, 03:24 AM Thread Starter
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What Would You Do?

Hi All,

I currently have a low tech set up on my 37gal that has been running for around a month now and doing well, as well as a 3gal low tech. I have a 20gal high tank already set up w/ fake plants (UGH). I was wondering if I should try another low tech or step it up a notch and try higher lighting and Co2. I was wondering if I was to go to a higher tech tank, What would y'all do to set up a 20gal or if I should wait a little longer to dive into the high tech world. Thanks!
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First, I have whatever the opposite is of a green thumb. So, my "What would you do?" is rooted in that perspective.

I have had reasonable (astounding for me) success with a low-tech. It has given me a great deal of satisfaction for a minimal effort.

My primary tank, though, is high-tech. It's also high maintenance and has consumed many dollars. I'm continually accommodating (meaning the village idiot is trying to balance an endless puzzle). Itís a significant investment of time, patience and sometimes money. But I expected that when I began. I enjoy the challenge. Some days I want to pull the plug, both figuratively and literally. And then there are those ďAh Ha!Ē days that keep me engrossed and remind me of why Iím doing this.

My point is - if youíre a Ďset it and forget ití personÖ donít. Donít give it a nanosecond more thought. However, if youíre looking forward to the challenge and willing to invest yourself, then the answer isÖ absolutely!
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Going from low-tech straight to high-tech can be very overwhelming. Like Fodder said, it will be very time and money consuming.

If i were you i would go medium tech first, but if you really REALLY want a high tech tank, go for it. Just do your research.

Best of luck.

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Not knowing where you are experience wise may make this totally off but there is a chance that you are ready to hit a big point in the fish keeping that might change the whole question. Heard of "new tank syndrome"? While months sounds like a lot, your tank may be just about ready to do all kinds of weird things, so possibly it would be better to defer for a while on making those big leaps?
Check carefully that it is something you want before leaping into the high tech as it does take a real commitment in time and cash. I'm currently backing down as I just don't like the fuss it requires. I have the equipment but not the drive to maintain what I built.
Maybe it is right for you but maybe not?
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If it were me I would stay low tech. I just don't need more things to check and take care of at this point. For me carry co tanks to my basement just sound like work.
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I agree low tech is the best for me. I have the high end of low light and set my lights on a timer. I do weekly water changes and watch my slow but steady growth. It is rewarding for me.
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