There are definitely people that use them. I did for a little while when it was built into a filter I was using (it broke eventually). Much like saltwater they can help with some fish diseases and they help with some types of algae. The biggest con is cost. Generally anything they do we can solve through other means just as easily. The exception being really bad green water algae. For that uv is really helpful. BUT a cheap intank system is just as effective and can be removed when the job is done.Hi, im just wondering if anyone uses a inline UV steriliser with a planted tank?
Are there any pro's and con's to using one in a planted tank?
In a typical LFS system, water drains from each separate holding tank into a main sump/filter, which is then mixed and returned to all the holding tanks. A sterilizer that prevents pathogen transmission from one holding tank into all the rest -- since all the redistributed water passes through the sterilizer -- is going to work in ways that a sterilizer on a single tank with very incomplete pass-through of contaminated water will not.Luckily i never got any fish with ich or anything so i cant say how well they work with active infestations but my LFS uses enormous oversized ones in their underground sump system and they swear by it for ich prevention/cure.
I use the Advantage. It is the one with the barbs coming out at 90 degrees from the housing. I called them first to find out the best size for my tanks, and then sized the pumps accordingly. The flow rate is important. I think you want it to fall into the sweet spot of enough dwell time, and also enough water turn over for the tank. They make a "hang on the back" Advantage, but I have the ones with two barbs, as the HOB one wouldn't fit where my tanks are situated. Be sure to note the barb sizes, you have a couple options.Do you use the Advantage or Classic?