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Old 02-10-2006, 11:54 AM   #1
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UV Light with a reef tank

I went down to my LFS looking to buy a new UV llight (currently I have an old Aquanetics 25W POS and the bulb is burnt). I told him that I have FO now but would like to make it a reef tank in the next year. He said I wouldn't need a UV light if I was going reef. Is this true? My assumption is that the LR would break down the nitrates and other things that the UV light normally took care of, but I don't know if that's 100%



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Not sure what the answer is, but I've had a UV running for 3 years in my reef tank.


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I run a UV on a reef. LFS is wrong. UV does not remove NO3. It kills parasites, algae spores etc. PS. it will also kill pods.
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I love my UV. It is an asset to my reef tank. As Brian said it does all those things.
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I also run a uv light on my reef. Like Brenden said the uv will not play a role in the removal of NO3. I love my UV.
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i'm still wonderin if i need one, guess eventually i'll end up purchasing one
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are u saying that a uv kills pods?

my tank for now is a 60g with a little live sand and then just play sand I got 80 pounds of live rock now I have a wet dry with no bio balls and a protein skimmer and uv steralizer I have power compacts 260 watts I have 1 damsels 1yellow tang 1 flame angel one yellow strip maroon clownfishand and a feather duster and a bulb anemones that the clown lives in and colony polops and some kenya tree corals and 2 fire shrimp snails and hermit crabs and some other crabs

i just got a 40g with like 6 inches of live sand and it is loaded with corals and inverts it was given to me by a friend she had it for 3 years there is a brain coral wellsophyllia and a platygyra brain worm coral green striped mushrooms and red mushrooms yellow colony polyp and button polyp and some type of hard coral not sure what it is also alot of kenya tree oh ya and 2 giant star fish
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