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post #1 of 6 Old 03-07-2017, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
Temporary UV technique for ich

This technique is simple: Keep a strong UV (such as 57 watts or more) and water pump in storage, and when you encounter ich then put the UV and water pump in a for a few weeks. When ich is gone, remove the UV and store it again. Has worked for me 5 times in a row, if I start using it as soon as any ich is seen.
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-07-2017, 06:14 PM
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And great for many other free floating pathogens as well, not just ich!

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post #3 of 6 Old 03-07-2017, 06:16 PM
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Why not leave it running 24/7??

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post #4 of 6 Old 03-07-2017, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
Cost, space, looks, and it kills food microbes. Easier to share a temporary one with several tanks or people. Is usually only needed when adding fish.
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post #5 of 6 Old 03-07-2017, 06:40 PM
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Temporary UV technique for ich

Are you talking about salt water or freshwater, with regards to food microbes?

I can understand that about some of them, but others are designed for 24/7 use. Green killing machines are what I run in my tanks. Nice all-in-one unit.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-07-2017, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
Both.

All can be 24 hours, but if you get a really big one (to deal with ich quickly), then it will be huge in the system.
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