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Bartman 03-23-2009 07:06 AM

UV Sterilizer
 
I would like to purchase a UV sterilizer but I have no idea where to start. I am not using a sump so I need a product which can be hung over the tank or placed on the floor with inlet/outlet tubing or something of that sort.

I have found one product that looks good but want to know if you have any experiences with this particular product.

Which wattage would I need for a 40 gallon tank, how do you calculate the wattage you would need?


Thanks,

Link to product:
Pentair Aquatics AquaStep UV Sterilizer-10 Watt at Big Al's Online

catfishtabbi 03-23-2009 12:03 PM

Foster&smith have a good presentation on these uv sterilizers. I decided against one due to the fact that they destroy beneficial bacteria and the forums frown on them in freshwater i don't know about salt tho, so someone who knows more will have to guise you.

Bartman 03-23-2009 12:24 PM

Ya so now the more I read into these devices, the less I think I want one. All I've read or heard are "yeah it kills the bad stuff but just as much, kills the good stuff". I think i'll pass on this one.

catfishtabbi 03-23-2009 12:50 PM

Well ask the difference between salt and fresh tho.

Pasfur 03-23-2009 08:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bartman (Post 181712)
Ya so now the more I read into these devices, the less I think I want one. All I've read or heard are "yeah it kills the bad stuff but just as much, kills the good stuff". I think i'll pass on this one.

This is a total fabrication from hobbyists who have no experience with using UV's. Although the use of a UV sterilizer is certainly optional, they are extremely wide spread and highly recommended by those WHO ACTUALLY USE THEM. I have never in my nearly 20 years of marine experience met a single person who used a UV that expressed any degree of dissatisfaction. I have, however, met hundreds of people who have never used a UV that say they are harmful, despite having absolutely no experience with the product.

As you probably guessed, I use UV's on all my marine systems, including reef. If I am not mistaken, OF2F does the same.


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