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Old 02-16-2010, 05:39 PM   #1
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power compact fixture use as UV Sterilizer

just a thought i want to add UV to my tank to kill off any bad things in the tank. i have a power compact fixture that uses 2 lights, would it be possible to replace one bulb with a UV bulb and have it work as a UV sterilizer for the entire tank
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I don't think it would work well. Either you're going to blast your fish with a lot of UV rays or, if you have a glass lid, the UV rays will be blocked and not really do much of anything. I don't know if you'd get enough intensity to do much anyways.

Is there any reason you're looking to add a UV sterilizer, other than as a preventative measure? Some people swear by them, but most seem to think they're a waste of money.
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That will not work. Get a UV sterilizer like a turbo twist.
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just looking for a little help in maintaining good quailty water for my livestock. 20% changes every week no overfeeding. would the uv rays be bad for the fish?
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thank you melosu58. if you don't ask you will never know
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I`ve never heard of anyone ever doing it that way. A SW UV sterilizer has the water go into a lighted chamber where the lighting can be intense enough to kill the parasite or algea bloom.
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You could make your own but placing it on top will not work. The sterile part comes from the water being blasted with light in close quarters. A lot of uv sterilzers are cf lights.
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