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Old 02-14-2020, 03:20 PM   #1
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UV Sterilizer Question

A friend's 5 gallon tank has been having a pretty bad algae outbreak. There is hair algae, brown algae and algae growing on the glass and rocks.

If we scrub the tank clean and then add a UV sterilizer would it prevent another outbreak?

I know it only has an affect on the water, but I was thinking if all the objects are clean then it'd be able to prevent algae from living in the water and therefore getting onto objects. Is this true?

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Iíve found they help a little but algae still grows quite nicely (curses ). Mostly only good for green water algae.

Reducing light duration / intensity will be more effective.
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I agree with Dellapool , a UV would be a waste of $ for just algae . You need to get the tank balanced....IE: light,plants,ferts,etc . When you get the tank balanced the algae will recede , but will never disappear . There will be spots of it always and if you think this way it won't drive ya crazy....lol
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