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12-17-2012 09:21 PM
AquaTopMAG
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Originally Posted by laqu View Post
would it be abled to be baffled/turned down enough for an 8x8x8 tank?
Our PSE-1 is 12 inches long. The PF40 is also too big; actually all of our PFUV series are too big with the exception of the PF15 which is 7.75 inches wide, but for a 2.2 gallon tank, UV sterilization should not be needed at all. The tank should have weekly water changes. We recommend the PFE-1 which is only 3.25 inches wide and can be dialed down to have a nice safe flow for the tank and offer plenty of filtration capacity.
12-14-2012 10:27 PM
laqu would it be abled to be baffled/turned down enough for an 8x8x8 tank?
12-14-2012 04:57 PM
AquaTopMAG PSE1 would be the highest capacity at 60 gals. Our PF-UV hang-on filters with top out at 40 gallons.
12-14-2012 04:50 PM
AquaTopMAG
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Originally Posted by discuspaul View Post
OK, so when do you start making that filter/UV for tanks up to 100 gals ?
Not likely. For that size, Aquatop has the CF canister filters with UV.
12-14-2012 04:47 PM
AquaTopMAG
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Originally Posted by laqu View Post
I have some 2 gallon tanks would the 15 be small enough?

I currently use the azoo STUFFED with media, on LOW. I would love knowing my betta tanks are 'all clean'.

I also have a 6 gallon tank, is this something i can 'add on' and run every so often to just clean every so often?

Does the 15 have the skimmer, while i don't have saltwater tanks, I get that 'slime' on the water top from fertz.
Hi there--Our smallest model is the PF15-UV for tanks up to 15 gallons (5.0 wide x 5.0 deep x 7.75 tall). You can also replace your current filter with the PF15-UV as it is a dedicated HOB filter but with built-in UV sterilization. A nice feature is that the UV can be turned off and on and has a separate power source. In regards to the surface skimmer, yes it does come with one. The PF15 not only comes with a filter cartridge but also ceramic rings to promote beneficial bacteria growth. This is a 5 step filtration process: surface skimmer, mechanical, chemical, UV, and biological. Hope this helps!
12-13-2012 02:01 AM
discuspaul OK, so when do you start making that filter/UV for tanks up to 100 gals ?
12-13-2012 01:41 AM
laqu I have some 2 gallon tanks would the 15 be small enough?

I currently use the azoo STUFFED with media, on LOW. I would love knowing my betta tanks are 'all clean'.

I also have a 6 gallon tank, is this something i can 'add on' and run every so often to just clean every so often?

Does the 15 have the skimmer, while i don't have saltwater tanks, I get that 'slime' on the water top from fertz.
11-19-2012 05:49 PM
AquaTopMAG Our PF-40 HOB with UV goes to 40 gals so yes, the PSE-1 would be your best bet.
11-16-2012 09:34 PM
funkyfish88 Thanks for the info.

This was for a friend. She wanted the setup like the PF40-UV, but needed it for a 55g tank. That's why I started looking into the PSE1. She has a canister already setup (fluval) and wanted to use the hob as a mechanical filter and also wanted UV to attack any bad bacteria.

Do you make a UV hob filter big enough for a 55g? Or would the PSE1 be it?
11-16-2012 07:41 PM
AquaTopMAG
UV Questions

All great questions! Let's take them one by one.

1. Yes, you are correct in that both good and bad bacteria are affected by UV Sterilization and that the microorganisms must pass by the UV Bulb in order to be killed off. Any bacteria that are attached to the surfaces within the aquarium or filter will remain unharmed. The second part of your question is also a yes. The primary function of our UV products is to act as an aid to inhibit algae growth. If you are establishing the bacteria in a new tank set-up, then UV Sterilization is not necessary since there should not be any algae present in your tank.


2. The Aquatop PSE-1 is primarily a Protein Skimmer with the added benefits of UV and a filter. If you are only looking for a UV Sterilizer, Aquatop recommends the UVE-7 or the SP Internal Filters with UV.


3. Yes, Protein Skimmers are primarily used in Saltwater setups due to the excess organics that accumulate on the surface on the water. They are very rarely used for Freshwater setups and would only be used under special conditions.

Hope this helps!
Team Aquatop
11-14-2012 12:53 AM
funkyfish88 If I am understanding how UV works. It will kill all bacteria, but the majority of good bacteria that are needed for the nitrogen cycle are not affect because they are on surfaces such as bioballs, in gravel and not free swimming, therefore not going thru UV rays? Would you avoid this type of filtration while trying to establish the bacteria for the nitrogen cycle?

Also, looking for one that will be powerful enough for a 55 gal tank. So, would it be your Aquatop PSE1? This is a mechanical filter as well as a UV & skimmer.

Lastly, this is for a freshwater tank. Is skimmer used solely for saltwater setups? Any use in freshwater?

Thanks for clarification.
08-06-2012 04:11 PM
AquaTopMAG Yes! It should be centimeters squared; cm with the number 2 superscript. Good catch!
08-03-2012 10:21 PM
dbosman@msu.edu
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Originally Posted by AquaTopMAG
c) UV products by AquaTop offer adjustable flow rates allowing for a user to increase a kill rate or decrease a kill rate and are typically set or rated for a kill rate of 30,000W/m2.
That dose won't kill much of anything. Did you omit the c in cm?
The kill dosage for Salmonella, for instance, is 10,000W/cm.
07-30-2012 08:42 PM
AquaTopMAG We understand. UV can be new territory for many hobbyists and we encourage customers to do their research. The housing in the unit is designed just for UV and while we cant give you a specific lifespan, we can tell you confidently that as long as you break it, the housing will last for years. Bob Goemans just published a book and he addresses UV technology very thoroughly in the filtration chapter. There's some great information from one of the industry's leading authorities Here is the link:
saltcorner.com
07-26-2012 06:46 AM
rollinghills
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Originally Posted by AquaTopMAG View Post
Great questions! Let's take them one by one.

1. What is the warranty as UV deteriorates many plastics?

The UV housing of the PF-UV Series is constructed of UV-resistant plastic ensuring longevity. Our products are under warranty to the original purchaser against defective material and workmanship under normal use for a period of 180 days from the date of the original purchase. Rest assured, however, that the UV housing of the PF-UV Series, if treated properly, will last for many years.
Do you have more precise lifespan of the protective UV housing? I'm just a little paranoid about UV Also you mentioned "if treated properly," what will accelerate the deterioration of the protective casing? Thanks.
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