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Old 03-03-2005, 02:11 PM   #1
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UV Sterilizer...

My tank grows green algae pretty quickly. I was wondering where I could get a descent UV sterilizer for a 55g. I really don't want anything super expensive... just something that will minimize the daily scraping I have to do with all this junk. Also how do they run? Do I need an external pump of some sort or can they go inline with a canister.
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Old 03-03-2005, 02:19 PM   #2
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I'm planning on putting mine inline with a Fluval 404. Just make sure the flow rating of the canister doesn't exceed the flow rating of the sterilizer or else the UV won't be effective.
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Old 03-03-2005, 02:35 PM   #3
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Is a UV sterilizer really that effective? I was looking into one before and i am still up in the air about it. This is for a 75 gallon FOWLR tank.

By the way, i was going to put one in line with my Fluval 404 as well!

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P.S. - Sorry for jumping in the topic but i had some questions about this as well.
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I don't know for sure but I hear it helps algae growth. I figure I would try it... back to the question is there anyone that knows where I can get one for a descent price?
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Search EBAY, this is how i found some of the best prices before!

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Old 03-03-2005, 02:52 PM   #6
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Search for Turbo-twist, some good prices come up.

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Old 03-03-2005, 03:05 PM   #7
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I can't say definitively how effective they are but I will say this:


I ran my UV for about 7 months with the old bulb from the previous owner not knowing how old it was. I fought algae a bit, scraped occasionally etc.

In the last 2 months since putting in a new bulb, I have NO algae at all. Freakishly low algae growth.

I can't say it's all due to the UV because I do control feedings, light etc. But there has been a marked drop in the amount of algae in my tank since installing the new bulb.
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My question is what kind of water are you using?
UV's are nice but if your having a lot of algae maybe you water is the problem. UV will only help wiht free floating algae, paracites not hair or cyno bacteria....
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