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View Poll Results: How often do you use your uv sterilizer?
24/7 12 46.15%
Only when "water problems" surface 5 19.23%
After water changes 0 0%
After new inhabitants (plants or fish) 1 3.85%
Other (please state) 8 30.77%
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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-19-2005, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
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How often do you use your uv sterilizer?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-19-2005, 02:13 AM
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I voted "other". I only use it when I do a major replant, or cleaning or otherwise stir up the substrate. I find that it does indeed kill the color in my plants when it's on 24/7. I'm not sure what the reasons for this are, but I think it has a lot to do with micronutrient oxidation.

I also use excel on occasion. Excel quickly gets destroyed with the UV light...another reason not to run it 24/7.



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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-19-2005, 07:05 AM
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i voted other witch is never.

i never used one in any of my tanks most likly cuz they not very common only for ponds and they cost to much.

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Other - 11:30PM till 9:30AM.

Why...not sure now, but it was for killing some nasties in my tank, bacteria or something go in there at some point - it seemed to do the trick, so I left in inline.

I don't have any problems with the colors of plants or anything else...
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-19-2005, 01:55 PM
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Never. Since I don't own one.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-20-2005, 11:37 PM
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I leave mine on 24/7 and haven't seen a problem yet!

I can't remember what it is that I'm tryin' to forget...

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