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Old 04-24-2006, 02:19 AM   #1
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Aquarium U.V. Sterilizers

Do these things actually help rid the water of algae, fungus, viruses etc?
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Old 04-24-2006, 10:24 AM   #2
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so i hear. i'm not sure how they work, so i'd like to know myself...
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Ultraviolet Sterilizers

A UV sterilizer stops the spread of microorganisms from one fish/coral/invertebrate to another through the water.

The UV sterilizer utilizes a germicidal fluorescent lamp that produces light at a wavelength of approximately 254 nanometers (2537 Angstroms). The water with the bacteria/algae passes over the bulb (or around the bulb if a quartz sleeve is used) and is irradiated with this wavelength. As the light penetrates the bacteria/algae, it mutates the DNA (genetic material), preventing growth/multiplication of the organism.


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Would it be a better alternative then chemicals though?
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but i think it also kills all the good organisms that pass through it...
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Hate to bring this topic back alive but I am reconsidering purchasing one or asking for one for Xmas. Do I need a powerhead to use them or are they self powered as far as water movement goes. If not can they be hooked to a regular HOB (AC 50) filter inlet to move the water?
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Here are some UV Sterilizers that you can take a look at and see what you think.
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If not can they be hooked to a regular HOB (AC 50) filter inlet to move the water?
I have mine hooked up to my return line from my refuge.
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Mel, would it be better to hook it to the intake, to keep from killing any pods? I have never had one, so I was just curious, as I think I might put one on my 125.....
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Either way pods are usually traveling. I have pods in my refugium that I did not put there. They had to travel from the main to the refuge and I`m sure they travel from the sump to the main.
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