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UV Sterilizers

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jmaxwell

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Dec 10, 2003
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Mill Creek, WA
Thought I would bring up this topic since I recently added one to my reef tank. It seems as though my sponges and gorgonian are suffering a little as a result. Is this my imagination or do UV sterilizers have a negative impact on filter feeders in the tank. So let's start the debate.

Jim
 

iamjosh

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Feb 22, 2004
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Spokane, WA
Interesting good info I think for now I don't need one. What's everyone's thoughts on them? Use, not use?

-josh
 

mojoreef

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Sumner
Personally I wouldnt run a tank with out one. You do sacrifice an ammount of fiter feeder food, but you also kill alot of potencialy deadly critters to. so it boils down to which evil you want to live with.

Mike
 

Curtswearing

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Nov 20, 2003
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St. Louis, MO
I recently added one and have not yet seen a difference. However, I wasn't having problems before and I'm not having them now. The fact that I haven't seen a difference doesn't really mean anything. I have done a lot of reading on them and when I got the chance to buy a used one, I was thrilled.

If I were on budgetary constraints I would recommend getting the best protein skimmer you can afford and then saving up for a UV unit later rather than buying a so-so protein skimmer and a so-so UV Sterilizer.
 
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