Mar 27, 2017 - Back in the day—before reef aquariums came to North America—the aquarium trade introduced “ultraviolet sterilizers” to the hobby
Nor will an ultraviolet sterilizer have any significant impact whatsoever on the good bacteria in an established aquarium, since the beneficial nitrifying bacteria and denitrifying bacteria require attachment sites in order to grow and thrive. They will proliferate within the substrate and the porous interior of live rock for example, or build up a large population within bio-balls or a sponge filter or similar filtration media, where they cannot be affected in the least by ultraviolet sterilization. An ultraviolet sterilizer can only kill free-swimming bacteria and protozoan parasites that pass directly under the UV lamp with sufficient contact time to do the job.
Welcome to the Aquarium UV Sterilizers & Parts superstore! No one likes a green or dirty aquarium. The idea, after all, is to be able to watch and enjoy the beauty of the water, plants and fish that you've put so much effort into cultivating. When an algae bloom erupts and turns the fish tank a gross shade of green, all of that is ruined. And without something to prevent it, that will happen, and sooner rather than later. Ultraviolet light is an ideal solution. Installing a UV clarifier/sanitizer in your aquarium filter will provide clean, safe sanitizing power to kill the spores and cells that lead to algae in the first place. UV sterilizers are safe to use and will not harm plants or fish, while keeping your aquarium water crystal clear. Our replacement parts store has the piece you need to get your sterilizer up and running again!
ULTRAVIOLET STERILIZERS for aquariums - REEFEDITION
Coralife Ultraviolet Sterilizers for Saltwater Aquariums.
Aqua Ultraviolet manufactures UV sterilizers for medical facilities, pharmaceutical production, municipal reclaimed water, aquaculture and drinking water. We also produce a full range of units for residential and commercial aquariums, swimming pools and ponds. As an innovator in the industry our designs result in a maximized UV dosage allowing for equipment with a smaller footprint that efficiently treat higher flow rates.Ultraviolet light burns cells. Big animals like us let our outermost layer sizzle a bit and interestingly we use some of the short wavelength light to actually make vitamin D. Corals can use some of these wavelengths but will shield themselves against a lot of ultraviolet by using reflecting pigments a lot like we use melanin in our sun tans, as damage control. Ultraviolet light much more easily kills micro organisms including fungal spores, bacteria, micro-algae,and protozoans. If you push water past an ultraviolet bulb slowly enough, the tiny organisms in that water will fry. This is awesome for clearing green floating micro-algae from an aquarium or pond. For aquariums and ponds the ultraviolet sterilizers are basically ultraviolet lights within a quarts sleeve which keeps it dry. This rests within a tube of water pumped from the tank. The quartz, so long as it's clean, allows ultraviolet light to pass and contact (irradiate) the water flowing by. The prescribed rate is 30 gallons per hour per watt for even the crappiest UV bulbs to kill this algae as well as most bacteria. For this you want the water to turn over every 2 hours and so for a 100 gallon tank you would need a 50 gallon per hour pump and just a 2 watt UV sterilizer. Most small pumps are between 100 and 250 gallons per hour and the smallest are around 5 watts and so you can do math and end up killing micro algae and bacteria. Do you really want to kill micro algae and bacteria in a reef tank? If you for a strange reason have an algae or diatom bloom in the water then a cheap power head UV combo from amazon can clear that right up for you but for a well established reef, people often pour micro algae, called , in to enhance the health of animals. The bacteria present in a reef is mostly all synergistic with the community and only opportunistically causing disease when fish are stressed and .