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Old 04-07-2012, 03:29 PM   #11
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It will be beneficial to the tank. However- you want a pump that you can push the water thru the bulb as slow as possible. If its too fast it wont do anything. It takes a while for the uv light to actually deform the parasites to death.

Uv will make for clearer water as well
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No, it will not make your water clear. It's not a method of filtration. It will cure a "green water" issue, and that's about it. if you don't have a green water problem, then I would spend the money on salt or livestock.
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No, it will not make your water clear. It's not a method of filtration. It will cure a "green water" issue, and that's about it. if you don't have a green water problem, then I would spend the money on salt or livestock.
How would salt or livestock help the quality of my tank? I'm trying to get rid of red slime algae for good and thought a uv sterilizer might help keep the quality of my water good when teamed up with my filtration system. I changed my lighting schedule and gonna do water changes more often, what else besides using chemi clean would help
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Salt would help you with water changes. the point is, don't waste the money.
A UV sterilizer will do absolutely nothing for cyanobacteria.
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Salt would help you with water changes. the point is, don't waste the money.
A UV sterilizer will do absolutely nothing for cyanobacteria.
So basically tweaking my lighting and water changes more often will prove more beneficial than adding a UV sterilizer
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Cyano is brought on by excessive nutrients 99% of the time. vacuuming it out with each water change, more frequent water changes, and cutting back on feeding is the best defense. if your lamps are old, or a lower spectrum, this may have an effect as well.
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Cyano is brought on by excessive nutrients 99% of the time. vacuuming it out with each water change, more frequent water changes, and cutting back on feeding is the best defense. if your lamps are old, or a lower spectrum, this may have an effect as well.
I totally agree with Doug. Good advice there.
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Cyano is brought on by excessive nutrients 99% of the time. vacuuming it out with each water change, more frequent water changes, and cutting back on feeding is the best defense. if your lamps are old, or a lower spectrum, this may have an effect as well.
I've been feeding once a day, alternating between flake one day and mysis shrimp cube the next. Do u recommend a something different? I have one coral beauty and two clowns, one LTA, couple crabs and some coral.
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How much are you feeding? Are you thawing the mysis in tank water and discarding the water before adding it to the tank, or just tossing the cubes in? Rinsing the mysis a bit will help. You can feed every other day with no ill effects.
If it's not the amount of food you are feeding, it's the infrequency and/or size of the water you are changing.
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How much are you feeding? Are you thawing the mysis in tank water and discarding the water before adding it to the tank, or just tossing the cubes in? Rinsing the mysis a bit will help. You can feed every other day with no ill effects.
If it's not the amount of food you are feeding, it's the infrequency and/or size of the water you are changing.
One cube thawed with tank water, but I haven't been discarding the water after its thawed, I just suck it up with a syringe and empty into tank. What significance does discarding the water I have do?
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