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Old 02-28-2007, 12:46 PM   #11
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I wouldn't even try to keep a reef aquarium without a UV. There are way too many little nasties and algae floating around and with the amount of money you can spend on corals and fish its not worth it to take chances. Its definitely a must have.
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I thought You couldn't have a UV light with a reef tank?!?!
Why? I`ve had a UV for all nine yrs I`ve had a reef tank. As JM said it helps to kill algea spores and parasites. that travel through the chamber. I`ve not had any algea or ick in 7+ yrs. Now before anyone says that the UV is a miracle machine I do not believe that the UV only is solely responsible. I also practice using RO/DI water, Feed every other day and have an excellent clean up crew. The UV is only a part of my aquarium husbandry but IMO an important one. Here is an article

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wouldn't even try to keep a reef aquarium without a UV... Its definitely a must have.
I would not say uv is absolutely necessary, as the article above points out also. I've never used one, and never had ich etc. or algae problems. There are people who don't use them purposely as Thechad pointed out. AFAIK they will affect pod populations along with any plankton that may be present in the water column. Both are good food sources for coral and other filter feeders. JMO
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Jm is not the only one that believes that but we could be here forever arguing but you do bring up some good points about pods but IMO The good outweigh the bad but that is solely IMO. I understand your point also Mike.
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I think it falls under the category of if it works for you then great but it doesn't work for me...so great! I did a lot of research on UV before I got into the SW and I was going to get one then I wasn't and then I was and then I wasnt...all becuase of the good vs the bad. Now I will have one on my Koi pond going in later this year!
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