UV light Feeding Bio Pellet reactor

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by nly04, Aug 7, 2015.

  1. nly04

    nly04 Guest

    I want to set up my Bio Pellet Reactor and UV light, I want to do this but not sure if it work. Any idea?

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  2. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    What's recommended flow rate on your uv and your bio pellet reactor? Should work if they are the same
  3. nly04

    nly04 Guest

    UV output is stronger flow than the biopellet reactor but i can reduce it with a valve.
  4. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Valve should go before uv light so pressure doesnt build up inside it
  5. nly04

    nly04 Guest

    Good idea. Will the UV light kill those useful bacteria that need for the bio pellet reactor?
  6. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Aren't you putting it before the bio pellets?
  7. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    The bacteria ON the bio-pellets are not free floating, so would not go through the UV, so no issues.
    However: Are you re-populating the bacteria? Using microbacter or other?
    If so, you should turn off UV for some period while adding that.

    Lower flow through UV = better dwell time = kills larger bacteria and even some protozoa.
    But it means less overall turnover.

    There is debate on killing bacteria being a good thing or not for a reef tank.
    Simple UV like that is not going to eliminate the risk of ich.
    Coral reefer likes this.
  8. nly04

    nly04 Guest

    Thank you Mark,
    I will skip the UV for now. If I run it, I will split it from the return pump as input and the output back to the sump.

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