UV Noob

Discussion in 'Test Kits, Controllers, Reactors and Dosers' started by KeeganP, 13 Jan 2015.

  1. KeeganP

    KeeganP

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    Hi Guys,

    I've seen a lot UV threads and discussion as of late,
    and was looking into it.

    Anywhere I could get a basic blonde proof UV sterilizer?

    Does it need its own flow pump? I'm assuming you need to put it between your plumbing somewhere?

    What about below unit? I see it's for "Koi" but does it make a difference?

    Koi Ponds : UV Disinfection - 8W

    Cheers
     
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  3. RiaanP

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    UV systems must fit in with your tank size. Think 8W is too small. Even for a descend size koi pond.

    Flow rate through the unit should also be optimal, setup for the unit size. To fast flow, and the bacteria blows out the other side before being zapped effectively. Too slow and you are wasting oppertunity to zap more bacteria.

    What is the display volume of your system?
     
  4. ScottK

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    Most shops that deal with Koi will keep UV sterilizers. I use a local brand called Ultrazap which seems to work fine for me.

    I run mine off my return pump but you could use a separate feed pump with the correct lph reading for your tank size and UV light wattage.

    It doesn't really make a difference, you do get fancier ones that have different designs to maximize contact time but a basic one with the correct flow should be fine.

    As @RiaanP has said, depending on your tank size 8w is quite small and you can probably get a 15w or larger for just a little extra cash.
     
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    KeeganP

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    Thanks Guys,

    Yeah, I thought as much... seems complicated :biggrin:

    I was think of hooking it up to the external canister filter I have, which is 700L/h if I'm not mistaken,

    I have a 120L tank, I went for the smallest as I just terrified i'll kill everything in the tank... which I don't want to do.
    Would just like to have it for Algae control...
     

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