UV Sterilizer Advice PLeasssse

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  1. Marine4Life

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    Hi All

    I want to add a UV to my reef system to assist with white spot and to help when adding new fish.

    I have a approximately 550litre system including sump.

    What is a good brand besides the 55w Aquamedic?

    Or should i get the 55w Aquamedic, it seems expensive to me @R3000.

    Is the a brand of UV that is not as expensive and just as good?

    Should the be something like a quartz sleeve somewhere and should i get high watts?

    Please help?
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    a UV sterlizer wont really help with white spot.
    white spot is only vulnerable in its larval stage, and UV sterlizer is only effective for water borne pathogens and bacteria, getting some cleaner shrimps would help more than the UV.

    my 2c
     
  4. lIghty

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    The one with a Quartz sleeve is a sterilizer, the one without is normally termed a clarifier if I'm not mistaken.

    A 55W UV clarifier sells for about R1300 and a 36W about R1050.

    You could use a clarifier, just with a low flow speed, as its all about the contact time with the light.

    Must add as Dallas stated, this is a much debated subject.......

    hope this helps.
     
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    a u.v sterilizer with a quartz sleeve is more effective than one without and also protects the globe from heat differances from operating temp and water temp, it also makes it alot easier to replace the globe when the service is needed.

    stainless steel units are much more effective than pvc units as they reflect the light inside the tube thus increasing its kill rate.

    16 watts or 25 watts is more than enough for that size system in my opinion
     
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