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Old 01-21-2013, 08:49 PM   #1
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UV Sterilizer..Need it or Not?

I have a 40 gallon breeder in the bay window of my kitchen. It only gets early morning sun, for about 1 hour. I know it shouldn't be there but I'm in the middle of a remodel and have no other choice right now. I'm constantly cleaning the beginning forms of algea off the sides with my mag-float.

Would installing a UV sterilizer help with the algea? I really don't want to start adding chemicals. I have a pleco in there and he seems happy but I also have about 100 convict fry that I don't want to hurt.

For filters I have an Aqua Clear 20 and a Whisper 70 on each end so it's definetly over filtered. will upgrade to a canister when the money allows.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:55 PM   #2
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UV is good, but you have to combine it with something else like reverse osmosis water and phosphate remover, which I'd try first.
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A uv light isn't going to help your algae problems. I'd recommend putting curtains or blinds in the window. A uv light only kills free floating organisms
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A uv light isn't going to help your algae problems. I'd recommend putting curtains or blinds in the window. A uv light only kills free floating organisms
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