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Old 06-13-2012, 03:52 AM   #1
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Im building a new 150 gal reef tank is a uv sterilizer a good thing to add to a new tank? And what are the benifets?
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:20 AM   #2
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A UV is a very helpful tool at your disposal and yes you can go ahead and add it. A UV light kills a lot of the algae spores, bacteria cells, and deritus among other things. Just make sure you put the output of your UV as close in the inlet of your skimmer as possible. That way you are not returning all of the dead things back into your water column and it gets skimmed out.
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:37 AM   #3
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A UV is a very helpful tool at your disposal and yes you can go ahead and add it. A UV light kills a lot of the algae spores, bacteria cells, and deritus among other things. Just make sure you put the output of your UV as close in the inlet of your skimmer as possible. That way you are not returning all of the dead things back into your water column and it gets skimmed out.
^ This,

just not sure how you kill deritus

we have been having a lot of discussions about UV units, a quick forum search will pull up lots of current threads on the mater, it might give you some information to check on while your waiting for more comments here
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:41 AM   #4
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Deritus is alive!! YIKES! never knew that!
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Old 06-16-2012, 11:39 PM   #5
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just make sure it is a quality sterilizer - a good one usually runs a couple hundred bucks. Advertising on them can be misleading. You want one that can handle a decent amount of GPH depending on tank size without a fast movement along the UV light - which means they should be bigger than one would originally think. If you get a good sized one, it will help a ton , just ahve to clean the casing every couple months and change bulb once a year or so.
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Old 07-18-2012, 06:45 PM   #6
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they are very helpful. since adding one myself My skimmate has more than doubled and I have a clean low nutrient tank to begin with.
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:12 PM   #7
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A UV is a great add to the tank and helps in many ways as mentioned above, just make sure you add it right after your main pump pushing the water into your tank.

I have always used TMC Marine.
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:40 AM   #8
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Is it really needed for a fresh water tank?
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Is it really needed for a fresh water tank?
Filter and water is only needed,beneficial yes!
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:09 PM   #10
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Aqua uv probably makes the best ones IMO
I have always used them and never had a algae problem
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:09 AM   #11
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I know the return should be going into the skimmer area but where should you be pulling from? Skimmer area as well? settling area... or return area?
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:27 PM   #12
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Personally i would wait until the six month mark until i used one. Let the tank cycle as it should. If the UV seterilizer is beimg used properly it will kill all bacteria that passes through it. Even the good stuff. Once its cycled you should have a sufficient amount of bacteria built up in your sand and on rocks to be able to turn it on with minimal effect
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