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Old 01-13-2010, 02:02 PM   #11
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I personally dont think you need a UV light. It will only kill algea spores and parasites that are in the water column and go through the lighted chamber. I also think that if you used it for the initial set up then you are worrying for nothing. When your diatom cycle is through and like said by Kurt everyone goes through it, then there will be nothing to worry about. I would not worry about it. I did my initial fill up 11 yrs ago with tap and everything is OK today.
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Also... I wouldn't run a diatom filter all the time. Even without the diatoms, its going to foul pretty quick.

Diatoms could last a week or a month. Can't really say for sure...
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