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Old 09-11-2005, 04:54 PM   #11
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and again for non aquariacentral members.. the photo not in this thread..
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Old 09-11-2005, 07:15 PM   #12
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Chilli.. do you think a UV is wise for the feed water to a bio-fitration medium such as a bio-wheel.. or am I overthinking things again.. :P
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Definitely overthinking, but, if we don't think we do stupid stuff and sometimes stupidity hurts
The UV doesn't affect the ammonia that feeds the bio-bacteria.
The only thing that I can think in its current placement is that perhaps the water clarity flowing thru it isn't as clean/clear as it would be in the outflow of a canister filter. Water clarity is important, it allows the UVS to be more effective, any suspended matter blocks the UV light from reaching unwanted guest. Thats why I put a nice pre-filter on the PH

UV filters are able to kill the following;

free floating algae
free floating parasitic organisms
free floating bacteria

UV filters are NOT able to kill

algae that is stuck to the glass, fish, rocks, plants
parasites your fish are already infected with
bacteria your fish are already infected with

Per the above, UV filters are wonderful tools for free floating algae blooms and keeping the tank safe from parasites and bacteria if the fish are not already infected with them. A good example is the parasite ICH. When ICH is new born and free swimming the UV filter will kill them and keep the tank healthy. Once the ICH have completed their free swimming life cycle and attach themselves to the fish, the UV filter can't help further other then to kill baby ICH.

Like I said, "Nothing too good for my Oscar!".
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I guess I was thinking it might be able to kill free floating benifical bacteria.. but once the filter is seeded that wouldnt be a consern.. I guess what I was thinking is the UV wouldnt be too good if you were first starting the cycle on the bio-wheels.. does this make any sense.. of course the spraybar isnt the only water the bio-wheel is getting.. its getting the ~500GPH per from the aquaclear flowing under it as well..
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