to UV or not?

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28 Dec 2010 19:45 #1 by siocla (Siobhan Cleare)
Hi fellow mariners,
Anybody out there using uv sterilizers? Im seriously thinking of going down the UV route but just wanted some feedback on the better models for reef setup:huh: , if anybody has any experience good or bad I would really appreciate your comments, thanks.
Siobhan

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28 Dec 2010 19:57 #2 by andrewo (andrew)
Replied by andrewo (andrew) on topic Re:to UV or not?
hi siobhan;

This might help- www.irishfishkeepers.com/cms/component/o...w/catid,12/id,65964/

Regards;
andrew

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29 Dec 2010 10:40 #3 by siocla (Siobhan Cleare)
thanks for that Andrew, think I will try and pick one up in the future and only run it when its needed will keep posting about the effects when its all set up..

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29 Dec 2010 13:12 #4 by ronnie351 (Ronnie Burke)
Hi,

I am running a marine set up for the last six months,

early on when i was moving the landscape or adding new corals/ fish I had lots of problems
with whitespot,iI could not get rid of it,
I purchased a Deltec 20 watt UV and within 3 days everything cleared up and have not had any trouble since, even when adding new fish,

My only problem was i put the UV on the return pipe of my external filter and this reduced the flo by about 50%, i have used an eheim separate pump to run the UV, its much better this way,

I have had no losses since i started and most of this is down to the UV, it was expensive but I
really believe its worty it.

Ronnie.

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29 Dec 2010 13:23 #5 by siocla (Siobhan Cleare)
Thanks for that Ronnie, I have a sump with two eheim pumps so would have no problem with return flow if I connected a uv to one of them. my tank is near a window so I do get the odd algae outbreak so I was hoping a sterilizer might help. Do you have yours running constantly or intermittantly?
Thanks,
Siobhan

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29 Dec 2010 22:32 #6 by ronnie351 (Ronnie Burke)
Hi siobhan

I run my UV continuosly, it seems to work well and water is always clear,
my own tank is in my conservatory which has a lot of glass, definatley the UV helps,
also i found when I changed my carbon from JBL to a better one it (Will check out name) it made a
big difference, i always use RO water but found everytime I did a water change i got an algae bloom,
but with the UV and better quality carbon its really improved, i clean the glass about every 3 days with
a magnet cleaner. I do a 25 litre water change every two weeks (240 ltre tank)a , I use 30kgs live rock as
a bio filter and use an ext cannister for mechanical filtration, it also has carbon and phos ex inside.

Ronnie

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