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UV Sterilizers in Freshwater tanks?

Hi everyone,

I've been wondering this for awhile... how come more people outside of the saltwater hobby don't use UV Sterilizers in their aquariums? I realize this might be a silly question, but I don't know much about the equipment or ramifications of using the equipment. Is there a good reason?

I've noticed some interesting products online lately, such as in-line UV sterilizers and even small filters that contain UV sterilizers (HOB style). This is something that I'd be interested in trying in a Q/T if not my regular tank, but I assume I am missing something.

I've become somewhat obsessed with preventing random sickness and death lately. Though I realize clean water is the best way to achieve this, I'd be willing to go above and beyond to prevent future anomalies and reduce risk when introducing new fish (even though I currently have a quarantine regimen that I follow).

If anyone is interested, Diana provided this great link in another thread about fighting Mycobacteriosis and the author did begin to favor employing UV equipment. Enjoy: http://www.bookmasters.com/marktplc/...coarticle1.pdf

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I have a small in-tank unit I toss in when I feel it is worthwhile.

I mostly view it as useful for controlling green water. While may help with diseases, it will only control infections that spread primarily by hanging out in the water column for long periods of time.

Anything that can be spread by fish-to-fish contact, such as during feeding, is going to completely bypass the UV unit.

That said, the UV unit certainly won't hurt anything, except maybe weakly chelated iron fertilizers.
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UV sterilizers are a great quick fix for green water.

But for free-floating parasites it think you need a higher watt and slower flow rate. I recall reading articles on this and i think the watts were in the 24-40 range. don't quote me on this, memory is not a good as it used to be.
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I use a vecton 600 on my 75. Its kinda way overkill, but it does deal with diseases and such and did help make my fish seem healthier. Really I find it more of a peace of mind sort of thing.

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