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Featured UV Steriliser

Discussion in 'Equipment discussion' started by Fishpalace, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. Fishpalace

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    Thinking of buying one for my reefer 450 but not too sure if I should and if so which one.

    Do you use one and what manufacturer.?

    Paul
     
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    I use a tmc vecton 600.

    What is the reason you are wanting a UV ?
     
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    Prevent parasite infections reduce algae outbreaks great things remember to maximise the contact time by having very slow flow through the unit
     
  4. Martyh

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    They won't prevent whitespot I know that for a fact I run the vecton 600 and Ozone on my system and I'm currently fallow due to a massive outbreak so they not a complete failsafe.

    They do help clarity as well as ozone and will kill a lot of things but to say they will eradicate an issue or stop one ever happening I would disagree
     
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    Well I beg to differ ,white spot is not a problem It's the reinfection rate that harms the fish and uv will interfere with the parasite in the free swimming stage.. Making it unable to reproduce thus breaking the cycle
     
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    It never stopped it in my system :(
     
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    Did your fish recover ?
     
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    No I lost 3 and had to remove them to QT it just got worse and worse
     
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    Well I'm not going to win this but normally they are a big help especially if you have a slow contact time
     
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    I was running it at around 600 LPH as well as running Ozone maybe I was just unlucky :(
     
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    I saw this video and got me thinking as first time I considered it. Explained the why's and what for's, also that it will reduce the risk but not eradicate the risk of a number of outbreaks including algae and cyano which I had not even considered. Had cyano in a previous tank for 2 months so to reduce the odds on top of good house keeping is appealing.

    Week 14: Are UV sterilizers worth the time, money and effort? | 52 Weeks of Reefing #BRS160 - YouTube

    Toying with the idea and also need to consider where and how I set it up, like in ,plain sump area and pump into return pump chamber but not too sure.
     
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    I would need to consider a separate pump to get a slower flow?
     
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    Or you could tee off a portion of the return pump and run it through a gate valve so the flow through that hose is just a trickle ...
     
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    Love that guy .... Love his Canadian accent ....
     
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    Gotta say I have learnt loads from their videos especially when I was researching 1st tank as break the hobby into chunks and teach the basics. Shame they are not UK based as have some bargains.

    The only bit I don't like is the way they favour some manufacturers as if they were sponsors, I might be being cynical though, lol.
     
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    The fish guy is good aswell their vids helped me when I was plumbing my sump....
     
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    Will need to look into this as sounds complicated but would prefer to run from an existing pump though.
     
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    Not really you run a hose from your return and split into a y junction insert and then you have a restrict or tap that runs through the steriliser and you work out the flow you need so say a litre in 15 secs example ..

    Then you have some more hosing on the output and run it neatly back to where you overflow pipe is ...
     
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    [​IMG]

    That's how I did mine nothing fancy but it dose work
     
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