UV sterilizer - looking for advice please. Im currently re-building my fish-house. I have sump driven system with total volume of around 1500 litres. Im aiming for 4 x turnover per hour and have a 6000 lph pump. Im thinking of installing an inline UV sterilizer. Firstly does a UV need to be on constantly - should I install a bypass for maintenance - should I install horizontally or vertically and finally what product would you recommend. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.
Im currently rebuilding my fish-house and want to add a UV Sterilizer to the sump driven centralised system.
I will be filtering approx 1500 litres of fresh water across several tanks looking for a turnover of approx 4 x per hour = 6000 lph. I wish to know what size of UV sterilizer I should install and any particular make/model.
There is a full page advertisment for this event by following the link above (Portsmouth Aaquarist Society) you may be able to retrieve something from that. Sorry im not too familiar with the finer aspects of tuning these things...!
Hampshire Aquascaping and Fish are taking over this huge music venue for a day long fishkeeping event.
George Farmer The Aquascaper will be doing one of his fantastic talks as well as scaping a tank from his new signature Aquascaper range - that you will get a chance to win at the end of the day.
UK PREMIER of Tannin Aquatics products with a full range of gorgeous botanicals on sale to help you achieve that "tint" - the key to keeping and breeding many softwater species such as apistos and bettas.
OPEN FISH AUCTION - livebearers, home-bred catfish and cichlids, we'reopen to all types of high quality fish & plants. Prior registration is required and we reserve the right to refuse certain lots (for example, large common plecs, poor quality pet-shop guppies). To ensure high standards of welfare, all fish bags must be transported in appropriate insulated boxes. Extras will be available on the day for a small fee.
A glimpse into wild fish collection and Apistogramma & Discus biotopes with tropical ecologist Mark Beeston sharing images from his recent trip to Colombia with the legendary Heiko Bleher.
THE FIRST UK BIG FISH AMNESTY Know anyone who just can't house that catfish, oscar, common goldfish any more, but can't afford a larger tank? Or who just doesn't have the time or money with busy lives and rising electricity bills? WE WILL REHOME YOUR UNWANTED PETS, NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Entry in to the main event is not required to hand in a fish.
The bar will be open all day for a pint and a chat with other hobbyists or a mug of tea.
Raffle prizes are in the commenst section and include heaps of goodies from Dennerle, Tropica and Tannin Aquatics. Giveaways from FishScience& more speakers and raffle prizes to be announced soon!
Hampshire Aquascaping and Fish is hobbyist run and receives no funding, so please share this event and invite anyone you think may be interested.
Portsmouth Aquarist Society will also be in attendance, please visit our stand.
Your support is greatly appreciated.
Tickets are ?5 advance, very young children go free.
A "squeeze" is taking existing matured filter media and literally squeezing it into your tank to be cycled.
The best way is to drain off some of your existing matured tank water into a bucket - remove the filter media from the matured filter and give the media a good clean. Place your filter media back into your filter and set running again as before.
Take the bucket of mucky water and literally pour it all into the tank to be matured - BE SURE TO HAVE ADDED DECHLORINATOR TO YOUR NEW TANK WATER BEFORE ADDING THE BUCKET STUFF OTHERWISE YOU WILL KILL OFF THE NEWLY ADDED BACTERIA - your have now "seeded" your new tank with billions of healthy bacteria that will break down the Amonia and Nitrite that you will expect from your new setup thus kick-starting and speeding up the cycling process. The bacteria will be sucked into your new filter and start to colonise the media within. Stir up the settlement daily to ensure the bacteria get into the filter. It doesnt look pretty but at the end of the cycle you will remove all the debris and 90% water so you can clean it up then.
When starting your cycling process add Amonia to 4 to 5ppm (parts per million) - take your time doing this to allow the Amonia to fully circulate your tank - take regular readings and count how many drops you put in to reach 4 to 5ppm. Test daily until the Amonia level drops to 0ppm. Add more Amonia to 4-5ppm (same number of drops as before) and repeat the process. After a few days you will see a NITRITE spike, this is good. Just keep adding more Amonia and test daily until the levels drop to 0. Dont worrey about your NITRITE levels at this stage as it will take a few more days before this drops to 0. You will find that towards the end of the cycle both your Amonia and Nitrite readings will be showing 0ppm after 24h of adding Amonia. This proves that you now have sufficient levels of bacteria to handle the expected bio-load of a full tank of fish from day 1. Naturally you will need to add dechlorinator when you do your final full water change.
Budding fishkeepers whom dont already have a cycled tank can easily obtain a "squeeze" from another fishkeeper or their LFS would usually be more than willing to supply.
Good luck with it - this method always works for me and ive been keeping fish for over 40 years.
I cant see anything on the bottle that would suggest this product to be unsafe for cycling your tank. I personally use the boots product and have had full success every time.
The important point is to ensure that you use 5ppm when you add to the tank. Always put a "squeeze" of previously cycled filter media into the new tank before you start - looks unsightly but it doesnt matter as you will do a full water change at the end anyway. I can cycle a tank in 6-8 days using a "squeeze" or 10 days without.
I wouldnt get too hung up about the dechlorinator, US and UK measurements are not all that critical when talking about the volume in an average fish tank. A couple of drops is fine, you would be hard pressed to overdose....!!!!