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Old 11-23-2004, 09:28 PM   #1
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freshwater UV filter - is this a good idea?

I will be getting a new 150 gallon freshwater tank. It will a sump filter. Is a UV a good idea and if so, what are some recomedned brands?

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Old 11-23-2004, 11:47 PM   #2
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One of the advisors (loganj), is presently writing an article on UV sterilizers. If he doesn't reply here, send him a PM. I think he's probably the best one to answer your question.
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Old 11-24-2004, 05:38 AM   #3
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To my mind, if you use U.V. to sterilize the water the fish's immune system never gets a chance to strengthen. Then if it (the UV lamp) fails or becomes ineffecient with age there might be the potential that your fish will be weak. Then they may succumb to a normally reatively easy to treat illness.

Immune systems are meant to be exposed to a mild level of nasties. Keeping a good tank maintainence schedule and strict quarantine should really enough to have healthy vigourous fish.

These are just my thoughs and others may disagree. I wouldd be interested to hear what others think too.
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I'm not sure I agree with that or not. I expect than most fish you buy have already been exposed to most, if not all, of the common bacteria/viruses. Will their immune system lose its effectiveness in sterilized water? I'm not sure. I will certainly pose that question next time I go to the diagnostic center to service their tank. I'm not saying you're incorrect of course...I'd just like to find out more. Interesting theory.
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UV's. I love'em. I use'em. Won't live without 'em! I can't testify to the immunity question, because I change my bulbs on time.
The real question is the cost. I dont' see the need on a basic FW community tank. Only if you have a lot of money tied up in fish does it justify the UV expense.
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I agree Mark. If I were in a situation where I had $$$ tied up and the potential that a disease outbreak might occur, then I would think more about it.

LoganJ, I guess I was thinking that if you got young fish or spawned your own.... But you are probably right. Most fish from an LFS would have been exposed to things, especially if wild caught.
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