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Old 09-28-2005, 10:55 AM   #1
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Attaching powerhead to UV sterilizer ?

The UV sterilizer is a HOB. The highlighted area shows a 4" extension with a built in powerhead adapter. Basically, it's a small hole in the bottom of the extension.

I haven't seen a powerhead that would plug directly into the extension with no tubing, anyone plumbed one like this before ?

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My Co2 reactor has a rio powerhead that may fit that, I am not home otherwise I would measure the diameter for you, maybe someone else will.

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Old 09-28-2005, 04:40 PM   #3
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The one thing you want to make sure of is that the powerhead is not too strong for the rated dwell-time of the UV sterilizer. For the UV to work properly the water needs to remain in the sterilizer for a rated minimum amount of time. This is normally based on the gph of the pump attached to it. You're probably already aware of this, but I thought I'd point it out just in case
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Old 09-28-2005, 05:34 PM   #4
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A 90 gal tank with a 25 watt UV running via 150 gph pump would be correct, correct ? .. to control everything.

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Yep, that looks right to me. Sounds like any worries about green water and ich are soon to be a thing of the past
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The co2 reactor is run by a mag 2 rated @ 250 gph. Could I take the output line from the reactor and send it back thru the sterilzer without using a 2nd power head to power the sterilizer alone ? By the time the water made it to the sterilizer, would it not be slower than 250 gph?



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That would likely work, although it's hard to tell what sort of gph you would be getting.
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How about a T with a ball valve, and separate piping for the UV and reactor? Then you could lower the rate on UV side to get proper dwell time, and reactor side ensures there's no stress on the pump.
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Are you planning on running the UV all of the time, or just periodically for treatment, like you would do with a diatom filter?
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I'll prob. let it run all the time TG.

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