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Old 02-14-2004, 10:12 PM   #1
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Hi, I would like to purchase a UV sterilizer, can this equipment prevent diseases like marine velvet/ich? How long should I let it run per day? Or it should be run 24 hrs non stop? Is there any disadvantage from this equipment? I intent to buy a hang on back one.
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Old 02-14-2004, 11:57 PM   #2
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We have a great article about UV in our article section:
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/showqu...q=2&fldAuto=31

Should answer all of your above questions.
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imo i think ozone is better but my thoughts
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Old 02-15-2004, 01:11 PM   #4
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imo i think ozone is better but my thoughts
Better as in more efficient or better as in easier and safer to dose? If it is the later, than I would have to disagree. O3 is extremely toxic to anything it touches. Too much can easily be destructive to a reef tank. Some people even dose it without an ORP meter. Crazy I tell ya!!



I vote for UV all the way. Cheaper to setup and run and you can't overdose it.
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i feel its alot more efficient by far !! keeps water super clear !! also the skimmers pulls out alot more with ozone than with out imo !! i also added a fish once(coral beauty) with out qt like a dummy and had ick develop on her with in a few weeks it was gone and no other fish caught it !! there was no way to catch unless i pulled out all the rock !!

i agree if ya dose with out an orp ya can be in alot of trouble if ya using to much !! i dont use one but with around 200 gallon volume i only dose 50 mg/h and have not had any issues with any fish !! i feel that using lesser amounts is safer than going the full amount they say ya can add to a tank with or with out an orp controller !! just my experience with it mabe ill get bit in the rear but so far i love it and will stay with it !! just my thoughts though !
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Ya O3!!!! The LFS owner introduce me this stuff, but I did'nt buy cas I'm afraid it will harm nitrifying bacteria and tube worms/feather duster ect. So I intent to get one and use it accordingly, can I add directly into the tank water if I don't have a sump or canister filter ect? BTW why is the O3 container printing a FW discus fish? Can it be use in marine?
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One of the problems with ozone is rubber gasket deterioration even if you flow the skimmer output over carbon and cap the cup with carbon. Over a period of about 5 yrs of using ozone, I had to replace my bulkheads on the sump and overflow box. you will notice that airline hoses and suction cups start to get very brittle. I swapped from ozone to UV about 8 yrs ago.
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and what one works better or do you think they work about the same.
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Hmm, I would get a UV then.
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If I were to switch on the UV sterilizer 24 hours a day, 7 day a week, would the bulb burst? Will it be able to take it? I read the article here and the writer says he switch on 24/7.
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