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UV Sterilizer advice

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I have been toying with the idea of installing a 9W UV sterilizer on my 75 gal freshwater tank. I do not have a problem with green water but I have heard that it helps keep the water crytal clear and that it prevents disease outbreak. Again I have not had any issues w/ disease outbreak either but if it helps with the overall health of the fish, I wouldn't mind it. There is so much conflicting info out there especially when it comes to planted tanks. The other thing I read is that the sterilizer can kill good bacteria as well? That seems hightly counterproductive.
I would love to hear your comments pro or con.

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I have a 18w Turbo Twist that I got last year for some green water that I didn't want to mess with, cleared it right up. From what I've read if the flow is low enough it will kill anything biological that passes through it including the good bacteria but most of the good stuff is on the plants, substrate and in your filter. I've never read where that was a problem. I've read several threads where people run them all the time. Hope this helps
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I hear it breaks down the chelated micro-nutrients that the plants use. But an easy solution to that is to add a little more than usual.


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I hear it breaks down the chelated micro-nutrients that the plants use. But an easy solution to that is to add a little more than usual.
How could that happen? The only chelator I could think of is Fe and that's still a big stretch in my mind. I wonder what Tom thinks of that?

To me it sounds like fear mongering and less like fact.

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I have read countless threads that say the same thing about chelating iron but I am not worried. I also read the to combat this some people just add liquid ferts on a daily basis like someone suggested here.
I am glad to hear that the sterlizier willnot afect the good bacteria that grows on the plants, rocks etc
From all the threads I've read it appears that people are def. in 2 camps-those that are pro are all for it & run it 24/7 and those that are against especially in planted tanks are totally against.
I thank everyone here for taking the time to give me their opinions.
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