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Old 07-06-2013, 07:35 PM   #1
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UV Sterilizer

Is getting a uv sterilizer
-Good for planted tanks
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-Cheap, for a low quality one
-good for anything besides clear water
I want to get two for my two tanks (30 gal, 55gal) I over filter my tanks yet there is still a little cloudyness. I have a 90 for my 55 gallon, and a 45 for my 30. Any advice/stories/experience helps and is greatly appreciated.
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Is it a bacterial bloom you have or constant cloudiness???
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A little of both I guess, because the is a piece of driftwood that is very minorly staining the water.
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A little of both I guess, because the is a piece of driftwood that is very minorly staining the water.
A UV sterilizer will fix the bloom but will do nothing for the driftwood leeching tannins. For the bloom, if it is that, the UV sterilizer will fix that and for the driftwood, if you want/can remove it, boiling it will release the tannins. Another option for the tannins is to get some Seachem Purigen. Before you get the UV sterilizer, try some filter floss in your filter, it might clear the cloudiness. A couple of dollars for a massive bag in a craft/hobby shop. I would give that a try before buying a sterilizer. It could be a much cheaper solution. If it's gonna work, you will notice the difference in a day or so. Also it's a good media to run in your filter(s) continuously....
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How do I add it
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How do I add it
I'm assuming you have HOB filters??
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Hob........?
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Hang On The Back filters
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Ohhhhhh.... thats what I thought and yes I do.
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:48 PM   #10
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Ohhhhhh.... thats what I thought and yes I do.
Do you know what's name and model of the HOB. Most can be customised. Floss can be easily added to a HOB. It should be placed in the HOB where it is the last piece of media that the water goes through before returning to the tank....
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