Can Someone Explain UV Sterilizers?
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Beginner Freshwater Aquarium » Can Someone Explain UV Sterilizers?

Can Someone Explain UV Sterilizers?

This is a discussion on Can Someone Explain UV Sterilizers? within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> I know tht uv sterilizers kill algae and parasites in the water but what I am confused about is how do you choose one. ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Leopold Angelfish
Leopold Angelfish
Loreto Tetra
Loreto Tetra
Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
Can Someone Explain UV Sterilizers?
Old 01-25-2012, 11:52 PM   #1
 
liz26914's Avatar
 
Can Someone Explain UV Sterilizers?

I know tht uv sterilizers kill algae and parasites in the water but what I am confused about is how do you choose one. I looked them up and they have different watts and stuff. Also what do I need to put one together. I read something about a power head or canister filter?
liz26914 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2012, 12:18 AM   #2
 
bigfish93's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by liz26914 View Post
I know tht uv sterilizers kill algae and parasites in the water but what I am confused about is how do you choose one. I looked them up and they have different watts and stuff. Also what do I need to put one together. I read something about a power head or canister filter?
Why do you want a UV sterilizer? Do you have an algae problem?
bigfish93 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2012, 02:15 PM   #3
 
liz26914's Avatar
 
I have a small algae prblem. its not too bad. but i was asking because it wld help my fish from getting sick
liz26914 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2012, 06:59 PM   #4
zof
 
zof's Avatar
 
typically they are used in line with some sort of external power filter, such as a canister filter or a sump, you probably can use them with a power head but every one will be different, also each one will tell you what size fittings it comes with so you can match it up to what you are currently running for your filter. Should be no need to worry about watts and all that as the manufacture will design them to work with what ever flow of water the tubes can take.
zof is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2012, 07:08 PM   #5
 
Nubster's Avatar
 
There are some that are all in one units that you place the whole thing in the tank. They would work well if you wanted to treat the tank say once every month or so but maybe you don't need to run the UV all the time or in a QT scenario they would be great. You can get them pretty cheap. Key is, you don't want high flow going past the light or there won't be enough time for the light to kill anything.
Nubster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2012, 01:35 PM   #6
 
liz26914's Avatar
 
I have a sponge filter with an air pump. Is there a way I can make a UV sterilizer work with an air pump?
liz26914 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2012, 04:38 PM   #7
zof
 
zof's Avatar
 
doubtful unless you get an internal model like nub was talking about.
zof is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2012, 04:44 PM   #8
 
redchigh's Avatar
 
Usually UV sterilizers are only used in marine tanks... UV filters won't replace proper quarantine procedures... Plus you have to replace the $300 bulb every 6 months. Just not worth it to me, unless I have extremely expensive fish...
redchigh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2012, 04:50 PM   #9
zof
 
zof's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by redchigh View Post
Plus you have to replace the $300 bulb every 6 months.
Yikes!
zof is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2012, 07:06 PM   #10
 
Submersible UV sterilzer

I had a green algae problem. Bought a 9 watt in tank UV sterilizer called Clarity+. It's expensive, about $100, but it works incredibly well! Within three days my 39 gallon tank was absolutely clear and the fish seem happier than ever. The bulb needs to replaced only once a year. I think it's worth it because it kills parasites and will keep my fish from getting sick and the water from turning into pea soup.
studioac is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:41 PM.