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In-line Uv Sterilizers
December 21, 2011
5:00 pm
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Daddyfish
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Hi Guys,

First off I apologise if this is posted in the wrong place!

I'm looking at getting an in-line UV Sterilizer for my Fluval 305 filter and was wondering if anyone had experience or knowledge of a particular model that worked well with this style filter.

Thanks in advance!

Neil

December 21, 2011
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Eyrie
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Probably better suited to Equipment & DIY, so I've moved it.

Not used an inline UV steriliser, so can't help I'm afraid.

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December 22, 2011
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Are you using it on marine or freshwater?

I have only tried adding inline UV once to freshwater tanks and had more trouble water wise than ever and now it is still connected but never switched on.

December 22, 2011
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QUOTE (Mark Duffill @ Dec 22 2011, 12:32 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Are you using it on marine or freshwater?

I have only tried adding inline UV once to freshwater tanks and had more trouble water wise than ever and now it is still connected but never switched on.

Thanks for the reply! It's a 275L freshwater tank. I'm only toying with the idea after watching a number of videos on YouTube and reading a little online. I'm looking to hear some experiences to see if it's worth the expense and effort and if I decide yes, which would be best with my filter.

December 22, 2011
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Whats the steriliser for mate? Do you have particular water quality issues?

December 22, 2011
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As Dave says - is there a particular reason why you want UV? I have used it extensively on marine tanks. Too often it can be used to hide/mask problems... what are you aquarium plans?

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December 23, 2011
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Hi Dave & Colin,

Thanks for the replies! I don't have any problems, it's a brand new tank and I was just thinking of getting one to prevent any problems. As I'm in the middle of setting the tank up I thought now would be the best time to fit one. I've read that they prevent infections, help with water clarity and help prevent algae. I'm guessing you guys are going to say I don't need one…right? /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

December 23, 2011
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yeah, pretty much - unless you are going to keep something pretty sensitive from a very sterile clean environment then I wouldnt bother.

Having said that though I use UVs with my Betta macrostoma (that fall into the above category) and my new big display tank for the house will have a UV plumbed into it but that will only be switched on if I get a problem like Oodinium which can often occur in the very acidic conditions that I am planning on this new tank having.

You can get combined UV internal filters for about twenty quid delivered off eBay and thats what I use for the B macrostoma

December 24, 2011
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You got it in one mate!

Unless you have a particular water quality issue then I wouldn't bother. As Colin said they can often mask problems. If you have a good water change regime and are careful in what you add to the tank then you will not have water quality issues that require a UV steriliser.

Even sensitive fish rarely need a UV (don't know many Discus keepers that use them for instance, I certainly never have - it's all about water changes).

As for helping with algae issues - not sure they do. My Father in law has a UV on his pond and he still has algae issues if I miss a clean up/water change (yes - if I miss one, not him! lol). Again, good water change regime and lots of well growing plants will help with algae.

So in summary - rather than invest in UV - maintain your Water changes!

December 29, 2011
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Thanks for the input guys, but for £30 I couldn't resist trying it, so I'll let you know how I get on!

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December 30, 2011
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lol, no probs mate, good luck with it!

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