Thanks to everyone that has been helpin.. this is a lot of work and with out the help i would be completely lost.. Anyway.. I am of course building the reef tank up and want to be sure i have everything that i need. I currently have a sump for my chemical and physical filtration. I also have a protein skimmer. I recently got a ro and di filter as well. I was thinkin about getting a UV filter but i am not sure what size bulb i should get for a 55 gallon tank. Would getting a uv filter be a good idea and what else should i get to maintain the reef environment? Thanks again guys!
Post by Jo-Mar's Pets on Apr 25, 2008 20:45:41 GMT -5
You will hear many opinions on UVs, personally I use them, they make a difference in algae control. are they needed? In some cases yes, in others no. Will they cure diseases? If run properly I have seen them work perfect but your going to hear everything from then heating tanks to killing beneficial bacteria etc, none of which negatively impact the tank as long as it's set up properly.
I do not use a uv sterilizer. As Ron has stated they can be beneficial to the tank but you must also remember uv sterilizers will not discriminate on what they kill. They will kill good things as well as bad. I think it is a good idea to have one around if you can so if you start having an "outbreak" you can add it to the tank to help clear something up but in most cases you are only treating the symptoms and not finding the cause. I do believe uv helps to keep nuisance algae from growing. I am skeptical it does much against disease.
But the real "cure" for algae is not using uv to kill it, but to find why it is growing and cut its supply lines. Therefore, crushing the enemy and making them return home with out bounty or booty.