Modify Aqua UV into UV+CO2 Reactor - The Planted Tank Forum
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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-28-2008, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Modify Aqua UV into UV+CO2 Reactor

I have the 8 Watt Aqua UV and i was thinking of sittin it up and drilling a hole for co2 line and use it as a sterilizer and reactor. Even though the unit is 22" Long the space between the In/Out is only 6" apart, will this be a problem? The pump i have lying around is an Iwaki MD15RLT at 300gph and 11ft head 1/2 Tubing.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-28-2008, 09:31 PM
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I would never even dream of modifying a UV unit, because of the inherent danger of doing so. Those units have intense UV inside, in the UV spectrum where it can damage you as much as the bacteria if you get exposed to it. It also has electric parts in direct contact with water, another thing to be careful about modifying. And, the UV tube is made of quartz, not glass, to avoid being damaged by the UV - even a finger print on the quartz can cause it to shatter from the UV. UV is dangerous. UV units are not suited to be our DIY starting point.

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