i heard many thing about using UV sterilizers in reef tanks. Do you guys use them on your reef tanks? Why or why not?
It has great benefits on a reef tank... I'd say more than a fowlr tank.Not really needed on a reeftank but great for fish fowler tanks you get much more out of a good protein skimmer
than any UV sterilizer can produce.
Can you elaborate on what "good stuff" UV kills?And I still disagree it will not do any better than a wc
ozone will break stuff down much faster uvs kill the good with the bad also remember,I will not kill the good stuff in my reef ich can usual heal itself in a well established reef its only in fo tank where I run and need uvs never in my reef,it can destroy beneficial microscopic organisms that some reef tank inhabitants may depend on as a food source
It's the same "good stuff" that the skimmer removes anywayCan you elaborate on what "good stuff" UV kills?
yea what he saidI wouldn't do a tank without one. The biggest benefit is the chemical bond breaking effects. Keeps all the nasty's (P inparticular) reactive for easy bacteria and phyto uptake, which in turn, are readily skimmed.
To me the whole parasite killing thing is just a nice side effect. It's the chemical bond breaking which is it's best benefit in my opinion.
UV is a great alternative to running carbon, you get clarity, detoxification of coral 'warfare' molecules, without the inherent downsides of running carbon.
I think of UV as a way to make your system run more efficiently. A good skimmer and UV are the power combo.
I'm not bashing anyones opinion, just trying to get the rational behind those opinions.
So the question is, once the UV has "killed" (use that term loosely) this stuff, does it become useless to these corals you're wanting to feed on it?
Do these corals discriminate between UV zapped food, and non UV zapped food?
After all, the UV doesn't make stuff disappear, it just changes it.
A uv alteres the genetic structure and sometimes kills living cells. Many public aquariums advise strongly agaist UV's because they depleat a system of natural food sources such as pods or phytoplankton. The food source can no longer reproduce, which eventually leads to the elimination of the population.