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I'll be leaving for a month and running a high tech 75g. How would I go about lowering light/co2 so I don't come back to an algae farm? Everything is on a timer so only thing that will change is no micros will be dosed every few days and no water change. Any advice is appreciated, thanks.
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No micros, your plants will stall, algae will then have upper hand.

Dosing pump on a timer is your best friend. Do you have anybody coming over to do top off?

Getting a dosing pump, setting it up to do daily dosing/top off, setting it on a 10gal storage tote full of premixed solution with small pump to keep it stirred and setting this all up/setting light/co2 levels balancing it in and running properly for at least two weeks before you leave is best way.
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I have someone to feed the fish and the cat, that's about the only help I'll be getting. I'll be meeting with the algae then... Thanks, Ill look into a pump.
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I have someone to feed the fish and the cat, that's about the only help I'll be getting. I'll be meeting with the algae then... Thanks, Ill look into a pump.
If you’ve got to someone coming by it shouldn’t be to hard to train them to do top off with a premix nutrient/water mix you have ready to go for them to use. Just get a bunch of gallon jugs and mix it up for them to use. May not be perfect dosing but better than nothing. Think pretty much anyone can be trained to pour water in a tank.
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Everything @DaveKS said and in case it wasn't the obvious route, I'd reduce lighting period but leave co2 alone.

No water changes may get rough. How have u been dosing in the past? You may have to recalculate your dosing to accommodate this too. Are you planning on front loading your macros?


Also. Stressing the try it for a couple weeks part if you have the ability to. Otherwise, fingers crossed for a mere algae "intrusion"


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The macros are frontloaded for the most part as is. NO3/PO4 is a bit out of control, Ca/Mg is fine, I'll just have to front load some K. I'll see what I can do, never left for so long before, thanks guys.
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