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High light vs vacation? (was Re:Augh)

For Tom & those with lots of light, for how long can you leave your tanks
unattended, that is, lights on timers, CO2 left running, but no PMDD, no
additional fish food, no water changes, before your plants think of you as
"lazy"?  Do you reduce your light intensity while away?  Pay someone else
to do maintenance?  I had the idea from earlier discussions that most
automatic feeders/dosers aren't very reliable despite being expensive.
Rockville, Md

Thomas Barr <tcbiii at earthlink_net> replied:
> Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 09:54:30 -0700
> > I am getting frustrated.  I have been keeping plant tanks for over 3 years
> > now and this last one has been up for 1 year and 3 months.  As I haves
> > stated earlier I have a 55 gallon with 220 watts of light power on for 12
> > hours.
> Lots of light. Get lazy and it can cause lots of problems. If you have a no
> CO2 tank and lower lighting etc this don't happen when you get lazy. But you
> can whip it back into shape since the plants have high light and high CO2.
> Takes a little while but there's trade offs in each method.