How Do They Work?
A common way for home owners to keep their pond water clear is by the use of a UV clarifier. If you use a high quality biological filter that is capable of filtering your size pond and fish load you will not likely need a UV. If the filter is not capable of filtering your pond, you will have excess nutrients in the water and will likely have a green water algae problem. A UV clarifier works by passing the water through a tube next to a UV bulb. The high intensity light kills off the microscopic algae cells that form green water. Make no mistake, a UV will not control string algae since the string algae does not flow through the tube next the the light bulb.
You will notice some manufacturers call their units UV sterilizers. The only difference between a UV clarifier and a UV sterilizer is how fast the water flows through the tube. Algae cells are relatively easy to kill so you can pass the water (and the cells) through the tube at a faster rate and still achieve results. Many other microorganisms (bacteria, virus strains, etc.) are harder to kill so the water needs to pass through the tube slower to achieve a complete kill. The slower the water passes through, the smaller the pond size it can effectively control. Manufacturers who try to control algae call their units "clarifiers" and publish higher flow rates while those who sterilize the water of all living organisms use slower flow rates. A UV clarifier can be used as a sterilizer by simply slowing down the flow of water passing through it.
Always shut off a UV for 24 hours when adding bacteria to your pond. A UV does not discriminate what it is killing so any beneficial bacteria added to your pond would likely pass through the UV and be killed off. Bacteria typically adheres itself to something (filter material) within 24 hours and is then safe.
Aqua Ultraviolet UV's are guaranteed to rid ponds of green water!
2" inlet/outlets on all UV's for unrestricted plumbing!
Advantages of Aqua-UV:
Lifetime warranty on housing
Designed for outdoor use
Industry's longest lamp-life
Over 25 years experience-the leader in UV innovation
EZ Twist cap allows for easy inspection/cleaning of quartz sleeve
Aqua ultraviolet manufactures their own UV bulbs and offer an industry high 14 months of continuous use!
All units have 2" inlet/outlet connections for unrestricted flow
Free unions on inlets/outlets on all UVs!
Ultraviolet sterilization is a proven, dependable and effective method for controlling and eradicating algae spores, bacteria, and protozoa present in the water source. Ultraviolet alters or disrupts the DNA and RNA or target organisms. By properly implementing an Aqua Ultraviolet™ disinfection system in-line, the targeted organisms can be eradicated effectively without any harmful residuals.
The table below provides recommendations on particular models and how they can be used as either a sterlizer or clarifier along with pricing information. Once you've determined the appropriate model for your pond simply click on the "add to cart" button below and you'll be taken to the order page. Choose the correct model from the drop down list to order.
NOTE: UV sterilizers pass the water by the bulb slower for a more complete kill. UV clarifier passes the water through faster and will still kill all algae cells but may not kill types of bacteria or virus in the water.
UV's up to 57 watts use a single bulb and quartz sleeve.
Units 80 watts and larger use multiple bulbs and sleeves (i.e. a 120 watt UV uses three 40 watt bulbs and sleeves).
Contact us for additional information on replacement bulbs and sleeves.