Pond UV sterilizers
are the safest method
of preventing and eliminating problems in ponds!
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UV sterilizers will not kill a parasite
on the fish, but parasites go through a free floating
stage, at which point they are eliminated by the
corals and fish can and do carry bacteria which can
infect and spread throughout the tank, killing other
The initial thinking on reef tanks
was to avoid UV sterilizers to keep plankton alive. However, with
the skimmers and pumps used on aquariums the plankton
population in the water column is virtually non
existent. You can use pond
sterilizers continuously (recommended) or
just keep one at the ready, in the event of an outbreak.
Points to ponder about UV Sterilizers
Most effective when run 24/7.
Most effective if the water is
Most effective if the
sterilizer bulb is new,
or replaced regularly (at least every 6-8 months).
Most effective if the light
penetrates less than one inch of water.
Effectiveness can be hindered
if the water passes to fast past the UV sterilizers bulb
effective if the exposure time of the water to the UV
light is longer than one second.
The effectiveness of
the UV light
can be hindered if there is light blockage, i.e. a
salt encrusted bulb.
It can help to prevent future
water borne pathogen reoccurrences, once the initial
problem as been completely eradicated from the
Light from the UV Sterilizers not only kills
unwanted organisms, but beneficial ones as well.
It only destroys organisms that
are free floating IN the water as it passes by the UV
light, i.e. it will NOT get rid of an ich infestation
that is already ON fish, or cure a bacterial disease
fish may have.
Should never be run when
treating with any drugs or medications.
Sterilizers can also alter the structure
of some dissolved chemical compounds.
Always unplug the unit when
working on it to prevent possible shock if it breaks
or gets wet.
UV light can be damaging to the
human eye, so DO NOT look into the bulb.
proven, dependable and effective method for controlling
and eradicating algae spores, bacteria and protozoa
present in the water source Ultraviolet alters or
disrupts the DNA and RNA of target organisms. By
properly implementing an Aqua Ultraviolet (uv sterilizer) disinfecting
system in-line, the targeted organisms can be eradicated
effectively with out any harmful residuals.
How much UV do you
need for your pond?
Purely for green water eradication, 8-10 watts
per 1,000 gallons is usually recommended, but some pond
keepers will maintain that, for a reduction of bacterial
levels, this can be increased threefold to 30 watts.
Other factors to consider are of course flow rates, and