Ultraviolet sterilization from an aquarium UV sterilizer is an effective method for controlling and eradicating algae spores, bacteria, and protozoa (i.e. ich) present in the water column. UV sterilizers destroy disease-causing pathogens as water is pumped through the unit.
When using a fish tank UV sterilizer, it is very important to match up the proper flow rate for what you are looking to accomplish with the unit. To help eradicate protozoa you will need a slower rate compared to eradicating free-floating algae.
Cleaning a UV sterilizer for aquarium use is also essential. Cleaning the quartz tube of "slime" every 4-6 months and changing the UV bulb once a year is recommended.
If you would like to learn more about UV water sterilizers, we have some great articles for you to read. You can check out Ultraviolet Sterilization and How to Install a UV Sterilizer to get started. If you need help finding UV sterilizer parts or simply aren't sure if a UV sterilizer is right for your tank, please contact us so our experts can assist you.
Ozonizers have been used for many years in drinking and waste water treatment plants throughout the world for sterilization and purification of water. Ozone is a very reactive form of oxygen that can destroy an enormous variety of liquid waste materials and toxins.
An aquarium ozonizer offers a simple yet highly effective method of maintaining a clean and stable aquatic environment. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend 1 mg/hr for every 2 gallons of aquarium water.
To learn more about ozonizers and using ozone in your reef tank, check out The Use of Ozone in the Marine and Reef Aquarium and Ozone and Ozonizers for more information. We also encourage you to contact our experts anytime you have a question. We're here to help!