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Old 11-04-2014, 12:21 PM   #1
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Uv steralizers, thoughts, suggestions, experiances?

Just wondering if anyone has gone this rout and experienced any negative affects?

I just installed one in my sump and although my water is always fairly pristine in clarity, I noticed that it made it even better within 24hrs. Makes me wonder if I need to run it 24/7 or if putting it on a timer is a good idea?

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Old 11-04-2014, 12:39 PM   #2
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Curious for experienced members to weigh in here. I recently purchased a sunsun canister with built in uv. My tank had gone seriously green, it cleared up within a day of hooking up the sunsun? It has a separate switch but I'm apprehensive to shut it off..

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To be effective, most if not all of your water column needs to pass through the UV sterilizer to make it effective. This is almost impossible without the UV being right in the plumbing, like you would find in your drinking water. And that isn't really realistic for us since you have to replace the bulb like, yearly.
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My tank is 60gal and the powerhead is rated a 120gph do I have it placed in the sump near the inlet in my skimmer chamber do you think it will suffice?

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I would put it there...but in all honesty these things are not effective, period the end. Not enough water passes through them to make them worth the investment. So I don't think it will suffice for whatever you using it for.
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I would put it there...but in all honesty these things are not effective, period the end. Not enough water passes through them to make them worth the investment. So I don't think it will suffice for whatever you using it for.
They can be useful in certain circumstances. Green water is the most obvious use for it as it works excellently for it.

Its commonly known that it won't cure anything, but it can be used for helping to decrease the effects of infections. Its better than nothing in those cases.
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So in my case withe green water clearing? Just a coincidence? I'm not saying it us ultimately a result of the uv but... the evidence points to success..

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So in my case withe green water clearing? Just a coincidence? I'm not saying it us ultimately a result of the uv but... the evidence points to success..

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I'm saying in my case the uv sterilizer is 100% the cause of my green water going away
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I am pretty sure it is doing something because as I said my water was already clear I use a reactor with carbon and gfo and now it is crystal clear with the addition of the Uv steralizer.

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My question was General but could there be any negative affects? What is the downside?

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