View Full Version : Ultraviolet Sterilizer

04-03-2003, 02:46 AM
I am going to be installing an inline UV sterilizer(next project) that is an adequate size for my tank. My concern is that I have two canister filters and can only install it in one. Will this still work efficiently?
Thanks, Sam

04-03-2003, 08:17 AM
Assuming the cannister filter is fed water from a well cycled tank... it should. It will just take a little longer for the entire tank to be treated by the UV light...

that's my 0.02 cents worth at least...


04-03-2003, 08:46 PM

04-03-2003, 10:37 PM
Thanks guys, I appreciate your input.

04-05-2003, 10:06 AM
Keep in mind that it isn't the amount of water flowing through the UV that matters, it's the speed of flow. The water can get moving too fast to be properly treated. Consult the specifications of the model you have purchased for details on its best flow rate, and relate that to the flow rate of your canister. You may have to bleed off some flow (divert it) to get the right performance.

There is a ton of info. on this subject at wetwebmedia.com. Log on and use the search feature.

04-06-2003, 01:59 AM
The sterilizer that I am considering says that it will handle 350 gph, which is what my canister is rated at. I'll check out the site you listed and see what they have to say.
Thanks, Sam

04-06-2003, 03:35 PM
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04-06-2003, 08:09 PM
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