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Old 10-07-2011, 02:30 AM   #1
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UV Sterilizer worth it or not?

I was wondering what everyone thinks about the UV Sterilizer. Is this product worth buying and is it better to have one in a feshwater tank or salt water tank?
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Old 10-07-2011, 02:37 AM   #2
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It just all depends. Those are for getting rid of alge and from what I know are mainly use in outdoor ponds or aquariums located next to windows.
If you don't have either then its not needed. If you have a small alge outbreak then it can easily be fixed, just state what's going on with your tank here and we will be glad to accomidate you with solutions to help fix your problem. Also we are free to help, sterilizers cost money
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Old 10-07-2011, 12:39 PM   #3
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I have a small green alge outbreak in my tank. It only gets on the glass on the intank side. It isn't really that bad but if you are close to the tank you can see the small spots. I have cleaned, pwc, 50%water, change, and i do the pwc weekly. After cleaning of course there is nothing left of it but by the 5th day it starts to come back. Any suggestions?
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UV Sterilizers take care of more than algae, although they are very effective at water ambient algae. I know some of the better LFS around here use them between medication tanks to isolate disease.
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I have read a lot of forums about UVS taking care of diseases in tanks. Some say they do others say they dont. My LFS does use them for their tanks. I was looking into getting one just for precaution but im not sure if its worth the money. If it really works then it might pay for itself however if not then that would be a major waste of money.
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I think it depends on what kind of disease you are trying to erradicate. Similar to UV filters in house HVAC systems, they will kill bacteria that pass by them. If it doesn't run go through it, it has no affect.

I might say it would help a lot, but may not be the cure.
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Thanks! Yeah i'm thinking that its not worth the money. Plus you have to replace the bulbs in it ever 6months. So I think i'll just stick to the weekly water changes and treating with meds if they get sick.
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They are good for multi-tank set ups that share water through plumbing, or with sump systems to keep the tank yuck out of the sump, which is probably why you see them more commonly on saltwater set ups.

For a single canister filter on a single tank, it would be as effective as the tank cycle rate. It would definitely help during a parasite or bacterial issues. It would also improve water quality and healthy fish are less prone to sickness. But, as with many things, it is a cost vs benefit issue.
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They are good for multi-tank set ups that share water through plumbing, or with sump systems to keep the tank yuck out of the sump, which is probably why you see them more commonly on saltwater set ups.

For a single canister filter on a single tank, it would be as effective as the tank cycle rate. It would definitely help during a parasite or bacterial issues. It would also improve water quality and healthy fish are less prone to sickness. But, as with many things, it is a cost vs benefit issue.
So would a UV sterilizer kill planaria
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No idea. I'm definitely not a UV expert. What I know commonly is from household units that I researched when we replaced our HVAC system last year.

We have a couple little girls, and with all they transfer between their friends and what they bring home from school, we went with the UV sterilizer for our HVAC system. We opted out of the electronic filter and the other options that created ozone since they are now linked to health concerns.

Since the UV sterilizer will kill bacteria, but Planaria is a non-parasitic Turbellaria class flatworm. The chief cause of Planaria in your tank is over-feeding. Controlling this and removing their food source through gravel vac and PWC is usually recommended.

Since they are not necessarily going to enter the filtration cycle, I would doubt a UV sterilizer would have any affect since they won't come into contact with it. If they do enter the filter cycle, mechanical filtration would collect them.
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