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Aquarium Supplies - Ultraviolet Sterilizer

aquarium ultraviolet UV sterilizerUltraviolet (UV) light sterilizer can be used as an effective mean to control bacteria population in an aquarium and to prevent harmful spread of aquarium fish disease. It helps to create a better living environment for your fish and it can be used both for fish tanks and ponds.

UV sterilizer is not meant to create a completely sterile environment. Most people always have this wrong perception because only the water that passes through the UV lamp gets treated and the number of bacteria reduced. It is impossible to ensure all the bacteria is destroyed because there will always be some present in the aquarium water filter, aquarium plants, gravel bed and decorations.

The purpose of reducing the bacteria load in an aquarium is to give your fish a better chance of survival in case disease breaks out. It is mainly used to control spread of disease such as ich not by completely destroying the parasites but to reduce the population so that effected fish can fight off the disease and ensuring also that other fish will not succumb to the same condition. (Note that ich is very hard to contain and it is normal to find the parasite present even on the fish skin surface)

The most common method in choosing the right UV sterilizer is by taking into consideration of the microwatts/cm2 value and usually a benchmark figure is about 28 000 for it to be effective. You might want to consider also on the length of time for the exposure (measured in seconds) on the amount of water which your UV unit can hold. Don’t get confused by all these numbers here because basically what you need is your aquarium tank capacity and the salesperson might be able to provide a good recommendation for your requirements.

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My fascination and interest towards aquarium fish has led me to devote my time towards caring and learning about this wonderful pet.

Aquarium fish keeping is a very challenging and exciting hobby. When I first started, I never knew much or have the necessary guidance back then because none of my family members were actually a keen hobbyist. And because of that, I’ve encountered numerous failures and the worst part is having to deal with dead fish every time when you started to grow fond and getting attached to my pets. However, I persevered and took steps to find out and search for information from other hobbyist, apart from the knowledge gained and learned from my own experience and research. The blog that I’ve created here is meant to share useful information and tips about aquarium fish keeping so that new hobbyist will not make the same mistakes that I’ve made in the past."

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