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Old 11-05-2008, 09:10 PM   #1
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Just wondering how really effective this would be compared to a QT. Would a hanging one be better than connecting thru filter? I totally apologize if this a repost.60 gallon tankMarineland c-360 filter canisterYellow tang3 blue chromisSaddleback clownCleaner shrimp2 turbo snails
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Old 11-05-2008, 10:18 PM   #2
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UV will only treat the water that passes thru it. Doesn't compare to a QT tank for isolating and treating disease on the fish.
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Also note that most fish diseases don't reside in the water column nor can the unit differentiate good bacteria from possibly negative bacteria.
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Old 11-07-2008, 12:33 AM   #4
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two of my fish died of unknown illness. I ran a uv filter for two weeks, then let the tank run for another two weeks with no fish. After that I introduced 2 domino damsels and after a month they and my live rock are doing good. My advise is run it for a short time at most and let your tank "mini-cycle" because you are killing a lot of small organisms that will cause a small ammonia spike. Let your tank be for a little while and then introduce fish one at at time. and see how they do! I have had good results with limited use of the UV filter, Hope this helps! Good luck!
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I am somewhat confused about UV sterilizers. I am considering buying 1 and wanted to get some advice before I purchased it.

1. Are they really a good piece of equipment to have for a marine aquarium?

2. Is it something that you should constantly run like a protien skimmer?

3. I have a 75 gallon tank, what wattage should I use?
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Old 11-16-2008, 03:52 PM   #6
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PS..........I have a 75 gallon tank....1 yellow tang....1 4 strip damsel.....1 blue damsel.....some mushrooms.....and some green star polyps

will UV effect my corals in any negative way?
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I only used to run my UV for 3 or so weeks when I added new fish. Since i'm not doing any more stocking, i've removed it. One less pump, less noise.
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