09-30-2013, 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by jaysee
All the technical jargon is great, but it can make people forget how easy it is to keep an aquarium.
I agree with this. UV seems a bit overkill for from what I can see is the setup of a 5 gallon tank. You'll find just as much disagreement among the experts in this field as you will among hobbyists if you look long enough. You can overthink it to death, or just have some non-expert send you some mature media for the price of postage & save your money for something of more use than UV. If the expert advice you're reading didn't mention cloning your reading the wrong stuff, I set up 5's this way without a thought. No muss no fuss, no testing, no blooms, none of that. 5 gallon fry tanks are the smallest I run, cake job setting them up, cycled tank is 5 minutes away. No reason yours shouldn't be either, crack open a box, rip open a bag, toss the media in your filter & it's a done deal.
UV does have its place, usually in an aquarium with more sensitive species especially if you're working on breeding. Some commercial hatcheries will use them, as will wholesalers who get in fish from numerous & often somewhat unknown locations as far as disease control is concerned. For a startup 5 gallon & getting your toes wet in aquatics it's like putting a hood scoop on your stock Honda Civic; fun stuff but doesn't make it run any different.