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Old 08-21-2012, 04:22 AM   #11
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So the uv sterilizer will reduce the coralline algae? I have chaeto growing as well. Will the sterilizer affect the chaeto? What are the drawbacks of using one?
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Steralizer can kill the benefical bacteria. I don't think it will help with coraline
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I didn't have any Coraline growth in either of my tanks until I discontinued UV use. I saw no real benefit to it. I hooked it back up when I had algae and Cyano issues arise to yet tip help things along, but didn't notice any benefit.
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So the uv sterilizer will reduce the coralline algae? I have chaeto growing as well. Will the sterilizer affect the chaeto? What are the drawbacks of using one?
Drawbacks are it will kill everything that passes through it. So anything living that is free floating jn the water column. That includes any free floating algae, including coralline. However not everything will pass through the unit so its effectiveness is not complete.

Really not something i would run all the time. Also, it really has to be added before coralline starts to spread to really have an effect on it.
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Steralizer can kill the benefical bacteria. I don't think it will help with coraline
Since most of the bb live in the lr, would the sterilizer kill them if I put in a refugium?
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Since most of the bb live in the lr, would the sterilizer kill them if I put in a refugium?
A sterilizer will only kill free floating bacteria. Since nitrifying bacteria live almost entirely on the rock surface and sand bed this is not a problem. Very few will be found in the water column, usually only if attached to something like detritus for example.
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A sterilizer will only kill free floating bacteria. Since nitrifying bacteria live almost entirely on the rock surface and sand bed this is not a problem. Very few will be found in the water column, usually only if attached to something like detritus for example.
Imo i think uv sterilizer is a great help for longterm reefing any freefloating bacteria or algae that goes thru it cant multiply which over a course of years can start to buildup also if you run it slow enough it can kill parasites
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