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Old 07-29-2012, 05:14 AM   #1
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Looking for a protein skimmer and uv sterilizer good/effective brands. Seen a lot but don't know which to choose. Thanks for any advise/suggestions
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:28 AM   #2
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Gonna need details... Tank size, do you run a sump, looking for a hang on back style, etc..? I have great luck with my Reef Octopus BH-1000 which is a hang on back, on my 55 gallon. It was
pulling skimmate within 2 days... Not familiar with UV sterilizers though.
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Old 07-29-2012, 12:54 PM   #3
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Aqua ultraviolet makes some of the best uv's out there
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:52 PM   #4
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I'm confused why people want uv sterilzers in aquariums. They kill bacteria. We want bacteria.
Sure they kill algae as well, but the problem algae is the stuff already attached to rocks, walls etc. same for other bad blooms. The uv sterilizers don't do anything for the root problems and to me seem to be a waste of money in aquariums. Or am I missing something?

I do have one in my hottub tho. Need to kill ALL bacteria in there. Helps with the bromine needed
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Old 07-29-2012, 04:32 PM   #5
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It's a 80 gallon gonna add live rock in next month or so. Right now its on an amiracle sump. As for the uv it's because my water is green and I have a canister filter.
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Listen there's alot of debate, some like them, some don't. If you can afford it go for it I have and aqua ultraviolet 25 watt on my 90 it can't hurt it can only help as far as i'm concerned.
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:02 PM   #7
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The UV will get what is IN the water. Most of the beneficial bacteria in our tanks is ON something (sand, live rock, etc), so it does nothing to that because it never passes through. I don't think it can hurt, but the benefits might be questionable compared to the cost. Its been a while since I had one, but if I recall correctly, the bulbs needed replacing every 6-8 months or so, which added up over time. I never had serious algae, or other, problems, but am not sure how much of that was just good filtration and tank maintenance.
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Actually the aqua ultraviolet bulb only needs to be replaced every 14 months as per the manufacturer
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:09 PM   #9
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They are probably making them better now. I had mine something like 12 years ago. The bulbs cost half what the entire unit cost back then too. Not sure about now.
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you can get a 25 watt bulb for my unit for about 35 bucks
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