Proper Aquarium Water Quality: UV Sterilizer Selection Guide
When my tank had ich a little while ago, I read in an old veterinarian fish book that UV light would kill it
A UV sterilizer works by emitting UV rays just like the sun would. It is a small bulb that releases UV light which helps to kill off bacteria, viruses, algae blooms, and other harmful microorganisms that you don’t want in your fish tank. UV light is harmful to small microorganisms, therefore killing them off, and keeping your fish tank water clean and clear.
UV for a fish tank is a waste of money if you plan to use it to keep algae growth down. In a fish tank the algae grows on the surfaces of the tank. Some does circulate but most is stationary. You can not put the light into the body of the tank with out killing the fish at the dose needed to kill the algae.
They can provide huge health benefits for your fish
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Ppunson Submersible UV Sterilizer for Aquarium, 6W Aquarium UV Light IP68 Waterproof Fish Tank UV Sterilizer Light Submersible Lights US Plug ** Details can be found by clicking on the image.Although the main benefit of UV light is to remove harmful organisms from the aquarium environment, overuse will result in an entirely sterile tank. The fish require a balance, so their immune systems can develop tolerance to potentially harmful organisms when exposed in safe doses. The UV light also can be harmful if you’re treating your goldfish with medication. While the UV light may remove the cause of the problem, it also will neutralize the medication that you’ve used to treat the water.I could never keep tangs or angelfish and I always keep my water good. Two skimmers, good water movement and change water every week with Nutri Live Sea water. Ich would always infect their gills, next day belly up. Just lost an $80 flagfin angelfish, Yes it hurts. I have two new tangs a sailfin and a yellow. Both of them started to spot up on there body. I went to Petsmart and bought the green killer 24 watt UV sterilizer for 50 bucks and Omega One flakes with garlic. The next day clean like I just fresh water dipped them. First time having success without using chemicals and a hospital tank. I let it run at night when the lights go off, two much heat with 510 watts of lights. I don't know if it was the food or the UV but all of my fish seem to be a lot happier. I will run for two weeks and then turn off. I will let you-all know what happens. Hope This Helps!OK, back to the OQ. a UV (ultraviolet) light is usually a "clear" flourescent lamp (lamp is the proper word for 'bulb') exposed to running water inside inside a waterproof tube. UV "kills germs in aquaria" and "removes single cell algae from ponds". Since it takes a much stronger exposure of UV to kill germs, it is used in ponds normally to prevent green water. It should be used by Saltwater tank owners because the SW fish are very expensive get ich so easily, and the medicines are difficult to apply in a SW tank. It should be used in a outdoor fish pond because for a small price $150 usd more or less, you can once and for all manage "green water" in the summer.