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Old 10/05/2007, 05:31 PM
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Should a Ultraviolet Filter be used?

Hi everyone,

I have a new 55 gallon setup with about 80 lbs of rock, 7 fish and a few coral. Filteration is a skimmer and a small refuge. I will be adding a canister for mechanical filteration soon.

Should I be using a UV filter?
Some articles say that it also kills beneficial bacteria.

I have purchased a coralife turbo twist 3 and wanted to see what experienced people would like to say about a UV filter before I open the package!

I am also posting another question about carbon use.

Thanks!!
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Old 10/05/2007, 05:42 PM
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if it was me and i had the choice i would not use it for a reef because of the beneficial bacteria it can zap, on the other hand if it was just a fish only with rock then i would go ahead and run it because of the ick outbreaks and protozoa, hope this helps...
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Old 10/05/2007, 08:38 PM
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Hi

Any other suggestions? I am hoping to modify my setup this weekend, so any input is appreciated.

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Old 10/05/2007, 08:41 PM
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I don't think it makes much difference, although UV is said to make the water clearer, at for some tanks. The bacteria that do filtration are on surfaces, not in the water column, so that's not a big issue.
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Old 10/06/2007, 08:10 AM
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Great!

So I'll plan on not opening the filter.
Thanks!
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Old 10/06/2007, 10:15 AM
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I use the same one on my 55G and I it works awesome....produces crystal clear water
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Old 10/06/2007, 11:38 AM
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This is like ozonation. Having sterile water doesn't hurt anything but it seems to me to be a wasted expense. I did see some reports recently about U.V. perhaps preventing some fungal diseases of corals but it was very limited in scope and used in commercial aquarium quarantine tanks.
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