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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 9:59 am Post subject: UV sterilizer Reply with quote

 I  have  come  across  this  uv  sterilizer  term  quite  often!  I  need  more  info  on  this.  
 What  is  a  uv  sterilizer?  
 How  does  it  function?  
 Whats  its  size  and  cost?  
 Where  in  Mumbai  is  it  available?  
 Pics  are  alyways  welcome.  
 
 
 
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 I  have  seen  them  doing  a  great  job  in  Marine  tanks,  not  seen  them  in  use  in  freshwater  tanks  though.
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 A  UV  Sterilizer  (UltraViolet)  is  used  to  cleanse  the  water  by  killing  bacteria,  parasites  and  other  microorganisms.  The  advantage  of  a  UV  Sterilizer  is  that  water  must  pass  through  the  chamber  in  order  to  kill  organisms.  
 
 UV  light  ranges  from  200  to  300nm.  This  is  the  effective  kill  range  for  most  aquarium  pests.  For  most  marine  and  reef  aquariums,  you  will  need  one  watt  for  every  3-4  gallons.  Freshwater  aquariums  are  5-6  gallons  per  watt.
 
 If  you've  had  or  are  experiencing  algae  that  you  can't  seem  to  get  a  grip  on,  and  dont  wanna  put  a  pleco  in  your  tank,  a  uv  sterilizer  may  be  a  great  solution.
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 UV  sterlisers  can  be  used  in  planted  tank  if  you  have  a  problem  of  suspended  algae,  don't  know  what  effect  will  it  have  on  beard  algae
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 Guys
 
 UV  light  bulbs  are  referred  as  UV  serilizers  aren't  they???  -  Of  course  the  size  and  power  is  decided  for  the  individual's  tank.  
 
 Does  anyone  use  here.  The  bulbs  are  available  easily  here.  They  are  same  ones  used  on  counterfeit  currency  detectors  and  color  matching  light  cabinets.  But  they  cost  a  fortune.
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 I  think  its  something  close  to  the  aquaguard  concept!  So  i  guess  the  cost  could  be  anywhere  close  to  3-4K.  Secondly  wont  they  end  up  killiing  the  good  bacterial  too?  Are  UV  lighs  dangerous?


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 Yeah  true.    These  aquaguard  people  pass  water  through  a  UV  chamber  and  call  it  E-Boiling  :lol:
 But  when  it  comes  to  fish,  i've  read  articles  saying  fishes  that  are  exposed  to  UV  light  are  impotent  and  sterile.    Correct  me  if  im  wrong.
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 The  UV  lights  are  enclosed  in  a  chamber  so  the  fishes  aren't  exactly  exposed  to  the  light.  Only  the  water  passes  through  the  UV  sterilizer,  whatever  bacteria  present  in  the  gravel,  for  example  will  not  get  killed.
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 hi..
 Apurve  wrote..
 
                                                 
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Where  in  Mumbai  is  it  available?  
                 

 
 faintly  remember  i  had  seen  1  at  nautilus  bandra..
 
 Give  mathew  a  call  and  ask  him...
 
 Bye..
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The  UV  lights  are  enclosed  in  a  chamber  so  the  fishes  aren't  exactly  exposed  to  thee  light.  Only  the  water  passes  through  the  UV  sterilizer,  whatever  bacteria  present  in  the  gravel,  for  example  will  not  get  killed.                

 
 This  is  exactly  my  point.  The  Good  bacteria  usually  dont  swim  around  and  stay  in  colonies  in  the  substrate.  The  fish  only  benefit.  UV  lamps  are  available  in  plenty  in  the  market  but  a  proper  system  where  water  will  pass  over  the  surface  of  the  tubes  is  what  we  are  looking  at,  given  that  the  bulb  should  emit  the  UV  rays  of  the  specified  nm.
 
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 Azoo  offers  two  models....one  for  4.5  thousand,another  for  7.5thou.On  the  verge  of  buying  one  of  these......my  head  aches  every  time  I  have  to  make  such  decisions  Mad  
 they  (UVs)would  be  extremely  valuable  in  controlling  parasites  in  both  fresh  and  salt  water...as  a  SUPPLEMENT  to  proper  treatment  of  any  such  attack.It  cannot  be  used  for  curative  purposes.There  is  a  lot  of  stuff  on  the  net  regarding  reduction  in  fishes  immune  capacity  if  kept  long  term  with  UV  filtration....DUNNO....like  I  said,its  a  headache!!!
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 Hi
 
 With  all  other  Points,What  made  me  not  to  go  for  an  UV
 is  that  after  a  Given  time  of  use,(the  model  which  I  saw  at  Southern)need  to  Change  the  UV  Bulb  which  is  not  available  with  Them.
 
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 Hello  sundar!the  "JEBAO"  (is  that  a  spin-off  on  the  original  JEBO??)UV  steriliser  I  got,have  a  fitting  for  most  commercially  available  UV  tubes.Besides,usage  of  UV  ster.  can  be  restricted  to  hospital  tanks,each  time  a  new  specimen  is  to  be  introduced.That  way  limited  usage  must  save  on  the  life  of  the  UV  tube.
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 Hi
 
 Adi
 
 Thanks  for  the  Inputs.
 
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 If  you  are  seriously  thinking  about  a  UV  sterilizer,  this  is  what  you  should  be  looking  at.
 
 Flow  rate:  Just  like  filters,  flow  rates  matter  here  too.  Depending  on  your  tank  size,  fish  load,  and  application  you  will  have  to  choose  a  flow  rate.  Same  goes  for  the  wattage  too.
 
 Bulb  availability:  The  main  component  here  is  a  UV  bulb,  thats  housed  in  the  sterilizer.  Do  check  if  you  can  use  the  ordinary  UV  bulbs  that  are  available,  or  you  will  need  specific  ones  for  the  model  you  are  buying.  Check  on  the  costs,  as  some  replacement  bulbs  can  be  expensive.  Over  a  period  of  time,  the  bulb  output  will  reduce[happens  with  any  bulb],  and  will  eventually  need  replacement.
 
 Brand:  I  would  suggest  you  go  in  for  a  good  brand  thats  reliable,  so  it  wont  let  you  down  when  you  most  need  it.
 
 Just  my  two  cents  !
 
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