Transitioning to lo tech

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After reading Tom's "Non CO2 Tank" article I'm curious about transitioning from hi to lo tech tank. Do you just cut back the light to less than 2wpg and turn off the CO2 or is that asking for an algae disaster? Anyone tried this or have suggestions?

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Re: Transitioning to lo tech

Pack the tank full of easy to grow weeds.
2w/gal is good.

The rest is in the article.

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Re: Transitioning to lo tech

Tom,

What about CO2? Is it OK to just disconnect or is it better to cut back slowly?

Also you mentioned using Excel at the end of the article as sort of a compromise between really fast growth and really slow growth. Would a low level of DIY CO2 ie 10 to 20ppm also work in this equation in the same way as the Excel?

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Remove the CO2.
No water changes.
DIY is very bad since it's tough to control except in excess.

Use excel if you want a middle ground.

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