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UV Sterilisers

Hi im thinking of buying a uv steriliser for my new tank but not sure how big to go.
I thinking id be better off going overkill with it as with my other filtration but not sure how necessary it is.
The tank is 285 liters and im looking at the v2 vecton range, they do a 300, 400 and 600.
Would I be ok with the 300 or should i invest in a better one?
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Re: UV Sterilisers

a 9watt UV in a flow rate of 100-200gph would do you nicely in a 75g tank.

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Re: UV Sterilisers

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I've been looking on eBay for some deals and was looking at a 9w one for a Koi setup with a 395gph flowrate, would that be a bit strong?
The v2 300 is a 16w but not sure of the flow rate?

The Koi one is at a very reasonable price so im leaning towards that one.
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Re: UV Sterilisers

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I've been looking on eBay for some deals and was looking at a 9w one for a Koi setup with a 395gph flowrate, would that be a bit strong?
The v2 300 is a 16w but not sure of the flow rate?

The Koi one is at a very reasonable price so im leaning towards that one.
To quick of flow and it does not do its job correctly. If you get the 16w flow should be around 150 to 250gph. The longer the contact time the better the unit has of sterilizing the algae and bacteria.

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Re: UV Sterilisers

Yea thats what I was thinking, I cant find the flow rate on the v2 range but il keep looking. Thanks.
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Re: UV Sterilisers

Actually here it is.

FLOW RATES
Do not exceed the maximum flow rates as this will considerably reduce the efficiency of the unit.
V2ecton 200:
V2ecton 300:
V2ecton 400:
V2ecton 600:
For aquariums up to 200 litres/50 imp gal/60 US gal Maximum flow/hr: 680 litres/150 imp gal/180 US gal
For aquariums up to 300 litres/65 imp gal/80 US gal Maximum flow/hr: 960 litres/215 imp gal/255 US gal
For aquariums up to 400 litres/90 imp gal/110 US gal Maximum flow/hr: 1300 litres/290 imp gal/350 US gal
For aquariums up to 600 litres/130 imp gal/160 US gal Maximum flow/hr: 1900 litres/420 imp gal/505 US gal

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Re: UV Sterilisers

use that, looks goog
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Re: UV Sterilisers

decided to go without,
Ive heard good and bad and decided agaiinst UV, thanks anyway.
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Re: UV Sterilisers

It is important that the unit used is recommended by the manufacturer for the size of aquarium it is to be fitted to, and very important that the pump used to circulate the water through the unit is of the correct size, again as recommended by the manufacturer. However, an aquarium cannot be "over UV'd" as the UV light is completely contained.
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Re: UV Sterilisers

Many people suggest against a UV and there are arguements that are very logical from both sides of the fence. Personally, I love having a UV....not only for health reasons...but because it literally POLISHES the water clarity. Your milage may vary.
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