UV Steriliser's

Discussion in 'Test Kits, Controllers, Reactors and Dosers' started by viper357, 24 Jun 2007.

  1. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Hi guys

    What is the lifespan of UV steriliser tubes? Is it recommended to also replace these yearly?
     
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  3. phat

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    8 months to a year dude
     
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    Suppose it depends how long you run them for every day.
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    how does one tell that the bulb needs replacing?does the bulb just burn out,or is it up to us to replace the bulb after 8months to a year guys?
     
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    I think its one of those that are left up to us.
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    cool.shot alan :)
     
  8. SIMS

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    Alan do you run a UV?
     
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    Never used to but i do now with the heavy fish load, but only run it if the fish get sick.
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    same here.only when i notice my fish got some whitespots then i run it 24/7.as soon as its over i run it 8 hours a day
     
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    Normally replace every 8-12 months and burnt out is when you can't see the blue glow thru the unit and remember to turn off during medication...Next question does a UV kill white spot in aquariums
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    yes it does help
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    there are 2 models of UV. 1) one where the tube is in a quarts sleeve which the water flows around and the other 2) where the water flows around the tube itself (the tube acts as the quarts sleeve), i feel that this also effects the efficiency of the lifespan of the tube

    1) 6-8 months
    2) 8-12 months

    run continiously.
     
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    What are the cons to running 24/7 as opposed to running selectively? Sorry, a bit off topic.
     
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    Apparently kills of good organisms on which the corals feed.

    However mine has been running 24/7 for 5 months now and no negative affects
     
  16. SIMS

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    do you all use the water boy units?
     
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    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    yip Sims I do

    Awesome stuff
     
  18. SIMS

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    Have you got the 3 in 1 or UV alone?
     
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    The 3 in 1 sims
     
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    also running marcos waterboy unit.what marco did mention was to watch out for electrolysis in the water as it can stuff up the unit
     
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    Well that's what I'm worried about, I have wanted to get one but have been put off by it, have any of you had this problem?
     
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