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Re: death in the family tank

Posted By: CKfish
Date: Thursday, 20 May 2004, at 10:57 a.m.

There are UV 'sterilizers' and UV 'clarifiers'. Both use a powerhead or pump to push water through a tube past a UV light bulb. Sterilizers are more powerful and designed to kill waterborne parasites and bacteria. Clarifiers use less power and are designed more for algae control, especially in outdoor ponds.

Sterilizers can be a bit costly, both in terms of initial purchase and the ongoing costs of bulb replacements and electricity. Some people love them, but I have never seen a use for them if you're using good quarantine procedures on new fish. They are a very good idea in setups where multiple tanks share central filtration.



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