UV Sterilizers: My Take On UV Sterilizers In The Planted Tank




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mef1975: To comment on this video, I'll definitely be using a UV light, with low flow rate, kinda like "life support" for the plants, as they get accommodated to their new tank (they hadn't grown up under this lighting, so they're freaking out). I'm hoping the UV light will keep them from getting completely choked out, or infected. I'll turn it off once the grow light, CO2, and nitrate are balanced with the plants, see what happens, could be a month or so. Now for my rant... I'm a year into the hobby, and have found that people are really, for the most part, ignorant on why they do the things they do. Instead, they find a method that works for them, knowing a couple points about it, and they tend to stick to it, never really analyzing what all happened. I can understand why, as there's often so many factors involved, figuring out what happened could end up being a research career. lol Once in a while you'll run into someone that has a masters or BS in marine biology, or something. They can be very enlightening, understanding physics of light and biology of photosynthesis to be able to look at a plant and know what kind of light it needs automatically, it's amazing when things can be understood like that. Of course, there's always exceptions. Anyhow, as if what I just mentioned isn't overwhelming enough, what really bothers me is the inaccuracy from companies making things for the hobby, for instance, a 150 gallon tank that could never actually hold more than 131 gallons, or a 100 gph pump, that can really never get above 70 gph, stuff like that annoys me cause it's like "false advertisement". 

vipercma: While you may get different opinions on whether or not it's needed, UV has no negative effects. Since only water that passes through the unit is treated, there is no impact on the beneficial filtration bacteria. UV does not add or take anything from the water column. The only immediate noticeable effect may be an increase in water clarity. Contrary to popular belief, UV exposure does not kill the organsims that pass through the unit. It simply uses UV radiation to sterilize single cell organisms and some small parasites so they can no longer reproduce. Hence the name UV sterilizer and not UV killer or UV destroyer (sounds like a marketable name though). Larger organisms like pods and such will pass through unharmed and unaffected by the UV exposure. I run it on my tank on the input side of my recirc skimmer. There is a theory that UV will affect phosphate bonds and can possibly increase phosphate removal through skimming. Whether or not it works, I don't know. Since I like to run UV anyway on a tank, I figure it can't hurt. I say make the deal if it's that good. 

yuk747: I use a UV sterilizer only once in a while for my planted tank but not continuously only for controlling early signs of problems + it's beneficial because it's chemical free.

caderaid100: Your fish look sick too lol

caderaid100: Your tank looks horrible. 

Shawn Bailey: You tanks look so bad! Cloudy, dirty, disgusting! I feel bad for you fish.

Richard Powell: why talk about something you dont use?? means u dont no much about but i do agree not to use one in a planted tank

Cody Yost: Dustin, I was wondering if you have any experience with native fish? I know in most of your videos you deal a lot with tropicals and goldfish, but what about native fish like bluegill?

sebseb1: good thanks

necroticfreak1: is it ok for the water to be cloudy like that angel tank?

RafaMacRafa: lol i can :)

garretts91: Online or a specialty fish store.

Joel Bierman: For the 220 it would be sweet if you added 3 or 4 Ctenolucius hujeta. They are a type of freshwater schooling gar that I have heard only grow about the same size as oscars. But unlike oscars they greatly prefer planted tanks to stalk their prey.

that1fatkiduknow: Taters gonna tate.

joren70: Enjoy your vacation. Grtz

Mike Morehouse: 20 watts*

MegaFishlover123: nice video

mybackpocket: for some reason this video wont play in Firefox :/ so had to switch to IE9...where are the neons that you had in that tank?

HylomantisLemur: So don't watch it.

Carena722: oops. just got one

Annie Hastur: can you buy rainbow sharks

Laurence Ignacio: I wonder why your corys hide. Mine are out all the time. But ya by their behavior they did look like they were spawning.

Sean Dennis: What happened to the angel spawn?

alientech: So what you're saying is, you hot no idea what you're talking about.

Mike Morehouse: It's youtube, you're using firefox aren't you?

Annie Hastur: I mean you angles that had babys

warlim: Yea.. love this plant ... just got some from Poland

pmk1847: Its not Kee-ev. Its "keev".... nice vid :D

MrHoney2U: there are pros and cons to a uv light. It is said that it can remove some of the nutrients that plants need. But IMO it has more pros. Aside from the obvious help against parasites and things I love the crystal clear water. I mean what is the point if you cant see what you have in your tank.

LCBradley3k: Which plant is directly in front of the lace plant? Is that stargrass? Is it a good starter plant?

natextreme: they look too big to me. my cories tried to spawn a while back (the discus had other ideas) and the eggs where much small than that, and spread out in random spots over the glass

Mike Morehouse: Star grass is an AWESOME starter plant. I have half of a 10g tank covered in it, the tank has no dirt and I add no ferts. 2o watts of 6,500k cfl light.

Arf: 1st view

wonderboy2402: I've bred my bronze cories a few times. Tricks that seem to work are. 1. Feeding them meaty foods, like blood worms or live food. 2. Cool water changes. 3. Rearranging the aquarium seems to trigger excitement. 4. Wiping algae off of the glass seems to give them a good place to lay eggs. 5. Also, high current areas seemed to be where they most frequently would lay eggs. Like near filter outlets or powerheads.

alex russell: turn your screen on

MrCmoney1998: Go to his channel.

AquaMarine Crayon: When I get one should I switch up the tank I've got my plants in to keep them healthy?

DodgerguyLBC: For some reason i can't watch this video

Charles Rolon: check out the tank leave me some feed back please .thank you

Mike Morehouse: It's youtube, you're using firefox aren't you?

DavidARambo: Really am enjoying you videos, I am learning a lot from you Dustin,, Thanks for the professionalism

AquaMarine Crayon: Where do I get a uv sterlizer, for about a month now I've had green water and water changes won't get rid of it, not even 90% and I'm not over feeding and I haven't used any fertilizers since the water got green

therealjonnyk: hey dustin, what are your thoughts on keeping discus in a walstad tank? cant find any info online about this...

raserocka1: Has anyone had any negative affects with a diatom filter in a planted tank? I switched to a UV and seems now that the UV works better for this type of tank.

MrCmoney1998: Cant watch the video , it might be pickleerd..

mike2winallday: I've been using a UV sterilizer on my 20 gallon planted for the last year and a half. I just disconnected it today so I will let you know if I see any changes.

Annie Hastur: How are your fish doing

anthony duffy: hey, i put dirt, like normal dirt, and the water is all black, you cant see anything of what i planted in there, how do you make your water clear, with dirt in your tank?

that1fatkiduknow: he just did a water change.

VegasSurfer: those arent cory eggs on the glass at 3:09 are they?
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