UV light/filter

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by KAPNEL, 3 Feb 2014.

  1. KAPNEL

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    Is a UV reactor / filter / light necessary or not?
     
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    in a Quarantine holding system, I do believe its a great tool to have.

    In a holding tank. Its optional. Some guys swear by it. Others do not use it.
     
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    Can I ask you what is all the equipment you run Riaan?
     
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    Water clarity, filtration:
    Aquamedic Shorty Skimmer
    Ozone
    ORP probe

    Then the equipment everybody should have, ATU, return, lights and powerheads
    ATU - SAGA
    Return - 12000L/h DC pump
    Lights - Radion
    Pumps - Vortech MP40

    extra
    Autofeeders AI.M
    PH-probe
     
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    I do have a kalk stirrer. But it is not in use for the last year. Might put it back in action.

    Take note, that my system is a softy dominated system. And due to my work schedule, I am away a lot for 2 weeks at least at a time.

    I do not dose anything. Do not add any chemicals or doepa's. Simple to operate for the tank sitter. He only need to feed the fish, and to check the RO drum. That is all he have to do. Nothing else that can go out, trip, stop working, block, be empty or whatever else Murphy can throw at him.

    Rely on a 80 by 60cm DSB plus second remote DSB in a 1.2m Daro tank as my main filtration.

    Every system and reefer is different. My system at the moment is what fits me.
     
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    Thanks Riaan, can we start at the beginning, what is the Ozone and it purpose/function and what is the ORIGINAL probe 's purpose /function?
     
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    Ozone is O3 and it's an oxidizer , the ability to reduce particles. Referred to as ORP , oxidizing reduction potential, basically the ability for water to correct itself in laymans. The probe measures the orp of the water allowing a orp controller to adjust the ozone generator. It's an in depth topic but very interesting
     
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    on top of the page is a Google Search MASA function.

    Loads of info on Ozone. Plus the risks.
     
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    @RiaanP what coral is classified as softy's...
     
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    any coral with out a calcium skeleton
     
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    Zoa, button polyps, pin cushions, leathers, sinularia, mushrooms, ricordia, anemones, aiptasia

    Everything without a hard skeleton.
     
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    Hi all and hi Kapnel.
    I think we need to take a step back and overstand where Kapnel's questions are coming from.
    I suspect lfs sales motivated advice, newbie, learning, but with so much information, opinions and equipment out there, it can be rather confusing.....?
    White spot...>buy a UV.... Not the solution!!! One of the primary reasons for people leaving this hobby.... Lack of overstanding.... Throw money at it to fix it and still the algae grows, the fish die,...... F it, i am out of here.... Too familiar.

    Kapnel, where are you from? I have been reading some of your questions, and must commend you for asking questions... I urge you to post some pictures of your system, as it will make it easier for us to help.
    You can watssapp me on zero eight three seven dubble zero 7 one double four.

    Uv, ozone, bells and whistles, all have their place, but lets learn to crawl first...
    They are definitely not needed and will not resolve the underlying cause of your white spot.
     
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    and a brain coral??
     
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    its has a skeleton, so its a hard coral... LPS to be exact
     
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    @Stanley a brain coral is a LARGE POLYP STONEY CORAL (LPS) Has a skeleton. @KAPNEL. Ozone is Oxygen (O2) with an extra Oxygen molecule. Highly corrosive. Most corrosive thing on earth even higher then Chlorine (Cl). It protects us from UV from the sun (which changes DNA, that's why skin cancer kills us). Both are great for keeping our water quality optimal. How? Well, O3 (ozone) raises the reduction potential (millivolts, how we measure the oxidation potential in water). In our tanks we want to aim for 350mv to 400mv. Above 500mv and your fish will die. Ozone will attack any membrane and living organic material.
    UV (at the correct flow and wattage) will change the DNA of living organisms and even kill certain bacteria and viruses.
    Personally, these processes and their science is reserved for the advanced forum.
     
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    So, are you a softy? :D
    Sorry, had to add some smiles to this thread.
     
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    yes, apparently... :(

    sharp comment :thumbup:
     
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    Good one! :lol:
     
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    Yes, very important!
     
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    Hi Kapnel, that whatsapp offer is excellent. Approx 4 or 5 years ago I had issues and spent about 15 min on the phone with Ivan and learned more than days of reading. Not that reading is not good. Just slower.
     
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