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  Tetra Pond UV Sterilizer

Tetra Pond UV Sterilizers

Green water got you down?  Is your pond starting to look more like a swamp than a water garden?  Well worry no longer - in case you haven't heard of or used a UV sterilizer before, the good news is that they work, and they work very well..

         (Before)

UV sterilizers work by passing your pond water through a chamber containing an ultraviolet lamp inside.  As the water passes through - the UV lamp damages the DNA of the suspended algae cells, and prevents it from replicating, which means no more algae.

                                                                         (After)

This month, we are going to highlight one of our best selling UV sterilizers, made by Tetra Pond.  The Tetra Pond UV sterilizers are extremely economical, easy to install, and very effective.  They are really more of a 'clarifier' than a true UV sterilizer, but the end result is the same - clear water.  True UV sterilizers typically use a higher intensity bulb, and longer contact time.  These units will also help control parasites and bacteria in the pond, but can be very expensive and are best used on larger KOI ponds.

But for the average pond and water garden owner, with ponds as small as 50 gallons, all the way up to several thousand gallons, Tetra makes a suitable UV unit to meet your needs.  For more information on sizes and pricing, please click here: 

http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Tetra_Pond/tetrapondUV.htm

Here are some of the other benefits of this unit:


Here is a diagram showing how the unit works:


In the past, pond owners were only left with a few options for controlling green water.  The most common was to pack as many nutrient absorbing plants in the pond as possible - hoping that they would essentially starve out the algae.  This method was / is effective on smaller ponds mostly, but not cost effective for larger ponds due to the amount of plants needed. 

Another drawback to this method is that in most parts of the country, cold winters will cause these submerged and floating plants to die off.  Then you have to buy them again in the spring time, every year.

So in the long run, it is more economical to just invest once in a properly sized UV sterilizer.  We've used the Tetra units for years, and they always work well.  Typically, a UV sterilizer will clear a green pond in 2-3 days, and keep it clear (depending on the filtration system) all year.

As far as maintenance, there really is none.  Just plug it in, and connect it to your pump, and that's it!   Bulbs usually last 12 months of use, or one full season at least, and are reasonably priced for replacement bulbs.

If you're not as happy with your pond water clarity, and especially if your pond is in full sun with few plants, then you should really consider adding a UV sterilizer to your system. 

In our opinion, no pond should be without one!

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