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Thomas talks about some of the misconceptions regarding UV sterilizers, and chats a bit about what they do, what they do NOT, and what YOU should never do with yours.

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    Amaze YouTuber 1 year ago

    cool vid bro

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    Amaze YouTuber 1 year ago

    i have a sun sun uv sterilizer its quite good

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    Amaze YouTuber 1 year ago

    one question can you feed your fish cucunber

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    googIereallysucks 1 year ago

    Uv sterilizers can not cure ich. The way you word it makes it sound like it can.

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      googIereallysucks Cetainly not the ich that is visible on the fish, but, it can and will slow the spread of ich while in it's free swimming stage. It is imperative that the sterilizer has a slow flow and long contact time in order to be effective against ich.

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    BOBBEE 1 year ago

    I took mine out cause I felt bad for my pleco, would my pleco die because the water to clean?

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      BOBBEE not really a thing, no.

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      BOBBEE 1 year ago

      Thomas B okay thanks! Just making sure, I’ll putting it back in it cost me a lot lol!

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    AQUA NUT 1 year ago

    The differences between UV clarifers and sterilizers would have been cool to touch on.
    UVC bulbs like in a sun sun or any HOB or canister are total trash.
    They just don't have the same output of a sterilizer bulb. That has to
    be the biggest thing about UV that almost everyone is confused about.

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      AQUA NUT really just comes down to flow rate. Sterilization requires much lower flow to increase contact time enough to nullify parasites etc. Most sterilizers/clarifiers nowadays have flow ratings for both clarification and sterilization.

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      AQUA NUT 1 year ago

      I will have to further research that. I was always under the understanding that a clarifier is only enough uv to kill free floating algae. UV steralizers take things one step further and kill pathogens, viruses, bacteria, and protozoa. I know contact time plays a big part in that but i don't believe that a clarifier even with high contact time could kill off parasites.

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      AQUA NUT A good example of what I mean is the turbo twist line. The aquarium and pond versions are identical other than their ratings. The pond versions are considered clarifiers treating thousands of gallons, while the identical aquarium version treats far less water and requires much less flow.

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      AQUA NUT 1 year ago

      Right on man, thanks for sharing your thoughts on this with me.

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    Sasa B. 1 year ago

    Q how long shoud uv be on? 24/7 or just for a period of time
    Can uv degrad quality of water?

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Sasa B. 24/7 in my personal opinion. Especially for parasites. Any time it is not running you would be leaving a window for them to spread or reproduce unchecked. If they attach to a host they won't pass through the UV and that means it won't be able to nullify them.

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    adeel shaikh 1 year ago

    Nice too see you how is your big tank

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    Chris Moniz 1 year ago

    your funny i watch you all the time your to funny hahaha????????????????????Don't do it????????????????

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    Tim Harris 1 year ago

    Would a UV sterilizer kill copepods coming from the refugium?

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Tim Harris depends on flow and strength of the UV. If you are killing parasites, you will likely kill or injure the youngest copepods or amphipods. Likely anything still in its planktonic stages.

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    alan0387 1 year ago

    I've been told if running inline with a canister filter or sump it needs to be in the return, AFTER the filter, is this true? Something about killing beneficial bacteria that would otherwise be colonizing the filter media?

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      HM Zapata 1 year ago

      I'm not sure about this, but FYI, on canister filters WITH built in UV, light is on intake port, before mechanical and bio filters.

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Wouldn't be much of an issue on an established system if you're adding the sterilizer to it afterwards, but a quick solution for a new system would be to inoculate the filter bio media directly. That way it doesn't have to pass through the sterilizer.

      Personally I always put them after because it will require less cleaning that way. Only physically clean water passes through the sterilizer!

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    11panos04 1 year ago

    I missed uuuuuuuu????

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      11panos04 I missed you too! I've got more vids coming soon too 😀

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    shalev ohayon 1 year ago

    Guess whos back.. back again. Thomas's back,tell a friend

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      shalev ohayon guess who's back, guess who's back, guess who's back, da na na.

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    Dee Parsons 1 year ago

    THOMAS!!! YAAAAYYY THOMAS!!!

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    Kyle Raines 1 year ago

    Seriously, how do you not have more subscribers!! Love Thomas videos! Great job

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    Oscar Santiago 1 year ago

    I miss him

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    Muhammad Maharban Gohar 12 months ago

    Your explanation and way of communication is very Good. Also agree that wife wont allow it. 😉

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    Edsel Martinez 4 months ago

    What would you recommend for a 60gallon I have a hob

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    Madeleine Andersson 4 months ago

    Can you do a video about Twinstar aquarium sterilizer?

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    kingkato21 4 months ago

    Thinking bout getting a sunsun. How often should & long should I run the uv light

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    Mahesh Bista 2 months ago

    hey i have silly question,,, UV light causes caner right? so if you are using it in your fish tank isn;t the water gonna be full of uv ray cancer causing rays right??? that might cause cancer while you are doing maintenece and stuffs, isnt it so? sorry for asking a dumb quesiton…i was just wondering…also i am a germiphone and i get really touchy with some subjects

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    hrdknox2000 1 month ago

    Can a UV aquarium light be used in purification of drinking water to kill viruses? For example, could you turn it on, drop it in a five gallon bucket of water and let it sit for about ten minutes and expect it to kill off viruses that your gravity drip filter couldn't kill or filter out?

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    Blimpus 3 weeks ago

    Hey Thomas, I know this is an older video but it's what I am trying to research on. My question is, my canister is rated 300gph it seems to be a good fit for the 3x coralife UV. I star reading and everybody has an opinion on this, So I thought I would ask yours. Can you run the UV on the return of your canister and get good uv usage? I am seeing the flow rate on mine to be ok, is it?. Thanks Thomas.

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    Willi Billi 2 weeks ago

    how effective in a fresh water system are they? I can understand a reef tank or salt water exotic but what about practicality?

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    nancyx25 2 weeks ago

    this video is a year old, so I am not sure this comment will be seen, but I am wondering about the amount of time a uv sterilizer should be kept on? I have one in my sunsun canister filter and have read that if you leave it on 24 hours a day 7 days a week it could kill the beneficial bacteria in the filter. It is turned on by a switch on the filter and I do not see myself switching it on and off everyday. Wondering what you think about the claim that it kills beneficial bacteria as well? so far I left it off, afraid to lose my cycle…