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Old 09-19-2011, 12:12 PM   #1
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UV sterilizer

Do these actually help prevent ich?

Also does it help in any other ways?

Any downside to them?
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Old 09-22-2011, 07:19 PM   #2
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1. no
2. it kills only what passes through it.
3. see above(also the cost)
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Ok cool thanks for saving me some money X lol
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Old 09-22-2011, 07:48 PM   #4
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I love mine I had an issue with green water cause my window is close to my tank so I have nowhere else to put it it cleaned my water in a matter of hours

I got a 13 watt uv with built in pump for 60$ on eBay works great

I can't say for sure about ick a lot of people claim it does and a lot say no I had an ick outbreak around the same time as green water so the uv killed the green water and the ick disappeared but I had raised my temp too so like I said can't say for sure about ick but I lean towards yes it helps
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yes, i used one for a green water outbreak also, and it did cure it. the thing is, green water is in the water column- it all eventually passes through the sterilizer. something that's on fish, or on rock, will not be effected.
raising the temp did nothing for the ich either.
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yes, i used one for a green water outbreak also, and it did cure it. the thing is, green water is in the water column- it all eventually passes through the sterilizer. something that's on fish, or on rock, will not be effected.
raising the temp did nothing for the ich either.
O yeah I agree but the ick eventually goes into the swimming stage which would get pulled through the sterilizer

On a side note is it possible that ick can go away on it's own cause heat and uv is all I used for it no meds and that was months ago now and the ick is "gone"
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not all of the ich goes in the swimming stage at the same time and of those that are swimming, not all will pass through the sterilizer.

unless you raised your tank to 100, the heat and sterilizer isn't what made them disappear. the immune system of the fish can beat the outbreak if the environment is ideal. i've seen it many times.
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Very interesting. My fish have been looking a ton better. Maybe I'll grab one just for fun when i get the money
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not all of the ich goes in the swimming stage at the same time and of those that are swimming, not all will pass through the sterilizer.

unless you raised your tank to 100, the heat and sterilizer isn't what made them disappear. the immune system of the fish can beat the outbreak if the environment is ideal. i've seen it many times.
Hmmm interesting thanks X
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