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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:09 am 
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I would not use most UV uniys inline with a canister. The odds of achieving the desired flow rate are not that great. Morover, you are then married to that configuration. I think it is better to run a UV unit on its own independent power head or pump. One other suggestion. Buy an extra bulb when you buy the unit. better to have it on the shelf than have to scramble for one down the road.

I use Hydor inline heaters- I have one of each wattage and they have served me faithfully for almost a decade now. I even have one plumbed on the intake side of the canister as there was not enough space to do it on the output end where it should normally go.

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What is a good time( how many hrs) is good to run the UV??? Second thing I remember reading something( tryed to find it but to tiered) about running UV and cappata leaves.. It think the issues was one or the other?? I know running the UV and trying to tint the water has been a challenge..????? Thoughts?????


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I'm also interested in the combination of UV and tinted water.
I want to keep a blackwater tank, and want to instal UV, but I hear the UV might diminish the colouration.

Does anyone have any experience with this?


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 3:07 pm 
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Given time, UV radiation will degrade the phyto components and the water will clear up. This said, some extracts seem to be more durable than others. Also, there is concentration playing a role as well as UV rating. The stronger the concentration, the more time it will hold up in the water column because it's harder for the radiation to penetrate the passing flow volume. Also It will depend on how you administer the dose, if all at once or continuously, that is, a specific measure vs extended release. So you see there are several factors that will affect the performance of a black water extract in a UV radiated water column. Exposure time, UV rating, water volume and concentration, all play a part. The commercial products will kill your wallet...well, at least mine.
Translation. The darker your water, the less effective your UV.

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