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Old 02-22-2013, 03:53 PM   #41
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While we're waiting for Jamroz to update us all, I have a question. I'm setting up a 10g Nano Reef and was wondering, "Is the UV Sterilizer a must have?" Is it something I should use all the time? I found 1 that's $40 and has it's own powerhead built in. My new light is on the way and I'll be adding some corals within the next couple of weeks.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:01 PM   #42
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Widely debated. Two general schools of thought.
1) They are the best thing since sliced bread and everyone in the world needs one!
2) Complete waste of money and energy.
I'm 90% in school 2, but I'll say that they have a function. Emergency fixes for green water and assisting ich medicine. But 24/7? Absolutely not. In a healthy and well regulated tank, they are not necessary. I am one of a few who believe they may actually kill beneficial organisms as well as algae and parasites. Ultimately it's up to you, and you'll get very strong opinions either way. But if you dcide you need one, I'd challenge you to wait a while and see how much you really need it. With proper care and quarantine, rarely will a uv-fixable issue arise. But if one does, you may be pleased to have it available.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:07 PM   #43
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Widely debated. Two general schools of thought.
1) They are the best thing since sliced bread and everyone in the world needs one!
2) Complete waste of money and energy.
I'm 90% in school 2, but I'll say that they have a function. Emergency fixes for green water and assisting ich medicine. But 24/7? Absolutely not. In a healthy and well regulated tank, they are not necessary. I am one of a few who believe they may actually kill beneficial organisms as well as algae and parasites. Ultimately it's up to you, and you'll get very strong opinions either way. But if you dcide you need one, I'd challenge you to wait a while and see how much you really need it. With proper care and quarantine, rarely will a uv-fixable issue arise. But if one does, you may be pleased to have it available.
Long winded, I know. Sorry! Lol
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:23 PM   #44
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I think the one your talking about it the one I biught it also has a power head type deal on it I'm debating to run it all the time after it clears in maybe my sump because I don't want it in my tank but I may just use it to get all the green out then fix the issue that made it happen in the first place
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:36 PM   #45
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I think I'll wait until I start to make any changes to my tank. I'm going out of town for a week (end of March) and since my system is so new, I'm going to leave it as is until I'm back. So for now my little Nano will remain unchanged (intentionally) until after Easter. Hopefully the Easter Bunny knows how to swim and will bring me some goodies for the reef. Also found a smaller unit for $25.00, that's cheap insurance if you ask me...
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I'm against the constant use of UV sterilizers in a reef type setting. I would use it to clear the green water, then pull it out and rinse it, and store it.
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Sounds like a good idea ... Here my progress from about 18 hours
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Yea it gets way bad I would cut your lights down
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I also added my protein skimmer yesterday seems to be helping as well alot more visible this morning will update you guys when I get off work
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Glad to hear its doing better. Have you combined these efforts with a water change? What are the water parameters?
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