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Old 10-18-2003, 01:19 PM   #1
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what are the negative aspects to using a UV sterilizer?

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Just wondering what the drawback is to using a UV sterilizer....I've heard such things as fish gradually losing their disease immunity, killing beneficial bacteria....could someone share their experiences...thanks
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Old 10-18-2003, 03:58 PM   #2
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The only real negative I see is expense (that isn't necessary if proper quarantine and husbandry is followed) and the additional heat added to the water. IMO, the pros do not outweigh the cons on this issue, but others have differnet opinions.
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Old 10-18-2003, 06:40 PM   #3
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Kevin,
Thanks for the info...other than expense...although that is always a consideration...do you believe having a UV sterilizer is good to use as a precaution to prevent disease in the display tank....and also could you use the UV sterilizer only if a problem occurs...ie If a fish contracted ich, could you use it for a few weeks to kill the parasite and then return to biological filtration. thanks
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do you believe having a UV sterilizer is good to use as a precaution to prevent disease in the display tank
No, it will not prevent disease, it at the best, can give you time to treat the disease if it occurs.

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and also could you use the UV sterilizer only if a problem occurs
Yes, but again, it will only give you more time. If I were to use one, I would run it 24/7, I think it's preventative aspects are much better than it's treatment aspects.

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use it for a few weeks to kill the parasite and then return to biological filtration.
UV is not a replacement for biological filtration, if you stop your biofilter when you UV sterilize, you'll have more problems than you started with.
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Thanks again Kevin, I'm not sold on the idea of the UV sterilizer yet...but I feel like my hippo tang is destined to get ich...and want to be on top of it.
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Here is an excellent article on UV sterilizers.

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/showqu...q=2&fldAuto=31
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WOW...Timbo did a great job on that one...food for thought. Thanks Kevin you're always a big help.
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