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Old 04-07-2012, 02:31 PM   #1
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UV sterilizer help

I am looking into getting a UV sterilizer and have no clue which one to get. Any suggestions? I am currently running a Auqua clear 70 power filter and a reef octopus BH100 protein skimmer. I hope the addition of the UV sterilizer will complete my filtration system.
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:34 PM   #2
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Forgot to add this is on my 30 gal tank.
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You don't really need a uv sterilizer, but it won't hurt anything. The more water that passes through the uv light the better. So, and this is just an assumption on my part, the new "twist" uv sterilizers would prob work well.
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Well I've had a little problem with red slime algae so I turned back my lighting a little and will see if that helps. I'm also going to do water changes every 3 weeks instead of 4. I thought the addition of a well performing UV sterilizer would help with the algae problems and keep my water and tank looking pristine, am I wrong?
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A sterilizer won't fix this issue. UV will kill spores and parasites, but it is far from being able to sterilize all the water in the tank. They are only an added preventative rather than a solution.

How long are your lights on now? How much water are you changing? I do 10% every week, I would suggest the same.
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Old 04-07-2012, 03:01 PM   #6
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Red slimes not a algae its a bacteria which I myself am battling I have a uv a diablo 160 skimmer a on a 20 gallon Berlin Sump all lights are new and only feed once evey 3 days ...so in my case I have learned I'm getting phosphates in my water some how ...I started the chemi clean elite ...ill let u know how it goes ... And I use a 5 stage rodi so not sure where mines comming from
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A sterilizer won't fix this issue. UV will kill spores and parasites, but it is far from being able to sterilize all the water in the tank. They are only an added preventative rather than a solution.

How long are your lights on now? How much water are you changing? I do 10% every week, I would suggest the same.
I have my blues come on at 10 am. Then the whites come on from 12-6 and blues shut down at 8.
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Do water changes more frequently and feed less. If it gets to out of hand, toss in some red slime remover and it'll be gone over night. But if you dont' fix the underlying issue it will just come back.
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Do water changes more frequently and feed less. If it gets to out of hand, toss in some red slime remover and it'll be gone over night. But if you dont' fix the underlying issue it will just come back.
Yea i may do a 5 gal change every two weeks and see if that helps. So final verdict, will a UV sterilizer benefit my tank or is it a lost cause?
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Won't hurt.
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