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Thinking about adding a UV sterilizer to reduce algae glass cleaning. Anyone have advice? 

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I'm using an AquaUV Classic for my Reefer XL 425. I like the AquaUV product line because they offer both 3/4" and 2" fittings, and spare parts (bulbs, quartz sleeves, power supplies) are readily available at a variety of vendors.  They have models suited for 70 - 1800 gallons.

https://aquaultraviolet.com/products/uv-sterilizers/classic-series/

 

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1 minute ago, shaywood said:

What benefit do you see in your tank?

I'm in a difficult position to answer that question because I started my tank from day 1 with the UV sterilizer, so I can't say how much (if any) improvement it makes.  When I was researching how to set up an aquarium, I ran across many articles discussing the benefits of UV (along with other articles disputing any benefits) so I decided to incorporate it into my plans from the beginning.

Hopefully others can chime in with before/after experiences with UV.

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A UV will do next to nothing to keep your glass clean. Now if your water was green..thats a different story. I put a UV on my pond and it was like magic!

I have an 80? watt jebao on my tank. they are pretty cheap and work just fine. Its just a light bulb in a tube, no need to go overboard. At least that is my take on them.



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A UV will do next to nothing to keep your glass clean. Now if your water was green..thats a different story. I put a UV on my pond and it was like magic!

I have an 80? watt jebao on my tank. they are pretty cheap and work just fine. Its just a light bulb in a tube, no need to go overboard. At least that is my take on them.



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What he said^^. I got one for water clearity (and at the time i had dinoflagellates) . Since i got it i still have to clean the glass every 3-4 days. It basically clears water of certain bacteria not algae. Thats my understanding

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Twice a week. Just the normal growth. Levels are normal, about an inch from the top :)

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4 hours ago, HexaReef said:

What he said^^. I got one for water clearity (and at the time i had dinoflagellates) . Since i got it i still have to clean the glass every 3-4 days. It basically clears water of certain bacteria not algae. Thats my understanding

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did the UV sterilizer help with the dinoflagellates?

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did the UV sterilizer help with the dinoflagellates?
It did! In conjunction with a 3-day blackout, turning the skimmer off. Actually I did away with the skimmer altogether because to clean of water was part of the problem. And then adding the UV filter.

I can message you more about it so we don't completely hijack this thread, but basically dinoflagellates is a bacteria, not an LG like some people think it is so at night dinoflagellates releases itself into the water column because during the day they are photosynthetic and that's why they show up in the day not at night. Since the UV filter kills bacteria it kills dinoflagellates or at least assists in killing dinoflagellates. If that makes any sense

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I have run them on my reef tanks for years.

I would agree with the water clarity. It makes the water uber clear so you can see threw the side and out the other with no color change when look out the other side.

I do feel it does help keep algae under control but not as a main purpose. Just a slight bonus, If i remember correctly it does kill proteins in the water which is what feeds the algae. Dont hold me to that tho cause it was a long time ago i did my uv research.

Flow rate is the most important part of making a uv light work at its most efficient levels.

I have a 18watt uv light and use a 100gph pump for the flow.

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algae spores are EVERYWHERE in your aquarium. you could never mutate all of them with a UV to the extent that would prevent algae growth. once one particle of algae is on the glass, it is on the glass and is not going to pass through the UV.

alage feeds on chemical combounds that are not effected by UV light. ergo.. phosphorous, nitrate, etc.



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2 hours ago, Blue Z Reef said:

Don’t waste money on UV for clean glass...buy the ultimate in laziness...robosnail (aka algae Roomba)

 

AquaGenesis Robosnail Automatic Aquarium Glass Cleaner https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CZ9Q17A/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_q2toCbFKNC29F

Had it, fell off my tank several times, returned it!

Love the concept for sure though!

 

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15 hours ago, TheClark said:

Had it, fell off my tank several times, returned it!

Love the concept for sure though!

 

Maybe that MOAI thing will take off?  I am loving the oceanswipe360 but the price is pretty steep.

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Maybe that MOAI thing will take off?  I am loving the oceanswipe360 but the price is pretty steep.
i have been following the moia... i think many of the kickstart funders think its a scam at this point. they said july, then october, then in time for christmas. i sent them an email mid december saying that i was going to do a "reef club presentation on cleaning robots" and the email bounced address not found.

looks promising. but for know, i just ordered new velcro and felt for my mag scraper :(

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