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PostSubject: UV sterilizer    Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:42 pm

Alright. whats a good brand for one of these UV sterilizers ? i plan to match it with a Quiet one pump. so i need one that just plugs in with no pump in it...

suggestions plz
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PostSubject: Re: UV sterilizer    Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:28 pm

I have a 9watt aqua-medic helix max

http://www.aqua-medic.com/product/helix-max-9w/

i have had it for over 4 years now without issue. had to replace the globe once. it runs off my eheim 2217 so the flow rate is quite slow through it. that is something to keep in mind with them. the higher the flow rate, the higher the wattage needed.

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PostSubject: Re: UV sterilizer    Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:38 pm

Just my 2 cents here but dealing with ponds we sell a lot of inline UV sterillizers and for the most part I've been told the bulbs are only good for 18 months of use. This basically means here where we have a full winter a pond keeper can get maybe 2.5 years use out of a bulb. We have customers that think that just because the bulb "lights up" that it is still efficient (not unlike reef or reptile lighting). Which is not true. Also, flow rate (exposure time) is very important. To high a flow might make a dent in green water conditions but might be too high a rate to kill free floating parasites.

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PostSubject: Re: UV sterilizer    Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:12 pm

^ very true!

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PostSubject: Re: UV sterilizer    Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:50 am

btw, another thing important to note re: Uv sterilizers...that inline uv sterilizers need to be installed "post" filter in simplest terms it can also Zap beneficial bacteria as well as parasites. Good for the diyer to know.
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