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Atman UV Sterilizer 11W, Output 2000 L/Hr – Rs. 1,166.79 [15-09C-369]


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The Best UV Sterilizers for Aquariums in 2021 Reviewed

Looking for a UV sterilizer for your Reef or Freshwater tank? This guide aims to make that decision easy for you.

You’ll be walked through the process of what they do and how to choose the best UV sterilizer for your set up.

Let’s get started

Product Comparison Table

Product

Emperor Aquatics Smart 25 Watt UV Sterilizer

SunSun JUP-01 9W UV Sterilizer Submersible Filter Pump

AquaUltraviolet Advantage 2000+ Inline 3/4″ Barb – 15 Watt Aquarium UV Sterilizer

Aqua Ultraviolet 8-watt Advantage UV Hanger Model

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Emperor Aquatics Smart 25 Watt UV Sterilizer

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SunSun JUP-01 9W UV Sterilizer Submersible Filter Pump

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AquaUltraviolet Advantage 2000+ Inline 3/4″ Barb – 15 Watt Aquarium UV Sterilizer

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Aqua Ultraviolet 8-watt Advantage UV Hanger Model

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What do UV Sterilizers do, and how do They Work?

UV sterilizers are small electronic devices that sit inside your aquarium. They contain a bulb that emits ultraviolet (UV) light, which works effectively to kill bacteria and pathogens inside your aquarium without harming your fish or corals.

UV light is able to accomplish this because it scrambles the DNA of bacteria, either killing them outright or sterilizing them so that they are unable to reproduce.

Since most bacteria in an aquarium have a lifespan of only a few hours, the loss of reproduction is enough to effectively end any algal or pathogen outbreaks.

Unlike chemical treatments, UV light does not affect your fish or corals. The reason is that bacteria are single cellular organisms with just a thin membrane separating their genetic contents from the outside world.

UV light is able to easily penetrate this thin membrane, but cannot penetrate through the relatively thick skin of fish or the hard structure of corals to cause significant damage.

It’s important to note that this same rapid attenuation of UV light when it encounters a solid obstacle means that UV light is best for reducing the chances of a pathogen outbreak rather than 100% eliminating it.

Any bacterial cells that are hidden in the gravel at the bottom of your aquarium or are behind other structures will not be hit with the UV light and will survive. In addition, because UV light is not fully lethal, it can allow some bacteria to continue to survive and reproduce.

That said, UV light is an extremely effective, low-maintenance solution for reducing the chances of disease outbreak from bacteria in your freshwater and reef aquarium tanks.

What about Beneficial Bacteria?

Unfortunately, UV sterilizers don’t discriminate between disease-causing and beneficial bacteria in your aquarium tank.

For this reason, it’s important to avoid running the UV sterilizer when you first cycle the tank. This allows beneficial bacteria time to attach to the gravel at the bottom of your tank or to fish or corals, where they will be relatively protected from the damaging UV rays.

What to Consider When Choosing your UV Sterilizer

There are a large number of features that go into UV sterilizers, which can make choosing the right one for your tank a tough choice. In this section, we’ll cover the main differences between UV sterilizers and explain what features may be better for specific aquariums.

Level 1 & 2 Sterilization

Not all UV sterilizers have the same power to kill bacteria and viruses.

Cheap UV sterilizers are known as clarifying sterilizers and are designed to kill algae, but won’t do much to protect your fish from disease-causing bacteria and viruses.

Level 1 UV sterilizers are significantly more powerful and are designed to kill most bacteria and most viruses. Most aquarium UV sterilizers are Level 1 sterilizers since they work relatively effectively and run at high flow rates to clean your entire tank quickly.

Level 2 UV sterilizers are the most powerful home-application UV sterilizers available. These sterilizers typically work at lower flow rates than Level 1 sterilizers and have more concentrated UV light to remove difficult-to-kill viruses as well as multicellular parasites that could infect your fish.

Getting the Size Right

UV sterilizers are available in different sizes, which typically reflect the power of their UV bulb and their water flow rates.

The combination of UV wattage and flow rate determine how effective the sterilization will be and how quickly all of the water in the tank will be turned over through the sterilizer. Ideally, your sterilizer should be able to turn over your tank once to twice per hour.

As an example of how to calculate the size you need, multiply the wattage of your UV sterilizer by its effective flow rate and then divide by 1.5 – the number of tank turnovers per hour.

If you have a 15-watt sterilizer that works effectively at 30 gallons per hour, then 15*30 = 450/1.5 = 300 gallons as the maximum tank size that this UV sterilizer will work for.

Dwell Time (Exposure)

The dwell time, or the time that water is exposed to the UV light inside the sterilizer chamber, is primarily related to the water flow rate. The slower the water is flowing, the longer the dwell time.

However, different UV lights have different lengths of light tubes, which can change this equation.

For example, in the case of two sterilizers with the same wattage and flow rates, if one sterilizer has a 5-inch light and the other has an 8-inch light, water going past the 8-inch light will be exposed to UV for longer and thus sterilized more effectively.

Water Flow Rates

The flow rate is closely related to the exposure time of water to the UV light source and is important for determining the size of UV light that you need based on the size of your aquarium.

In general, a higher water flow rate will allow you to turn over the water in your tank more quickly, allowing you to sterilize a larger tank, but will reduce the exposure time so that you need a more powerful UV light.

Many manufacturers overstate the maximum flow rates of their pumps, so you can double-check the true flow rate by measuring how much water comes through the outlet of the sterilizer into a bucket over a set period of time.

UV Transmittance

UV transmittance is a measure of how well UV light is transmitted through your aquarium’s water.

Transmittance is measured on a scale from 0-100%, with 100% meaning there is nothing to get in the way of your UV light and 0% meaning your UV light is not transmitting away from the lamp itself.

Transmittance is most affected by the turbidity, or cloudiness, of your tank’s water since UV light will not pass through small particles floating in the water.

In general, it is good practice to put a filter in front of your UV sterilizer to ensure that bacteria and viruses are passing in front of the UV light in relatively clean, high transmittance water. If cloudy water and low transmittance remains an issue, you’ll need a higher-wattage UV light with a longer dwell time.

Low-pressure Ultraviolet Lamp

UV lamps may use mercury at either low or medium pressures to generate their light. Low pressure lamps typically have higher performance and are used in most aquarium UV sterilizers.

However, low pressure UV lamps are sensitive to temperature fluctuations and typically work best above 20°C (68°F). If you have a cold-water aquarium, you will need to dramatically decrease the water flow rate, opt for a higher wattage light, or choose a medium pressure lamp.

Body Diameter

The body diameter impacts the dwell time of the water and represents a choice between high flow rates and thorough treatment.

A higher diameter sterilizer will allow water to be in the UV chamber for longer since you can turn down the flow rate and still keep the turnover time the same compared to a narrower sterilizer.

However, as the diameter increases, the chances that the water furthest from the UV light source is not being sterilized increases.

On the other hand, a sterilizer that is too narrow will sterilize all of the water but will waste UV light, increasing your tank turnover time and your electric bill.

Typically, UV sterilizers between 3-inches and 5-inches in size represent a good compromise between flow rate and treatment quality.

Will it Fit between Water Inlet and Outlet Ports?

UV sterilizers come in a variety of lengths, which matters since you will want your sterilizer to fit between the existing water inlet and outlet ports in your tank’s filtration system.

You can find the maximum length of UV sterilizer you can use by measuring the distance between these ports – if your sterilizer is too short, you can always add tubing to reach the ports.

Does it Use a Quartz Sleeve?

Quartz sleeves can be put around the UV light to increase the temperature of the light, which is important for low-pressure UV lights that operate more effectively at high temperatures. Quartz is used in this case because it has nearly 100% UV transmittance.

However, quartz sleeves are not necessarily beneficial if your tank is already warm enough for a low-pressure UV light. They are more difficult to keep clean than the light itself, which reduces transmittance, and doesn’t allow direct contact between the UV light and the water to be sterilized.

What are You Trying to Get Rid of in Your Tank?

The type of UV light that you need ultimately comes down to what you are trying to get rid of in your tank. Nearly all UV lights, including clarifying UV sterilizers, will take care of easy-to-kill bacteria and viruses.

However, if disease outbreaks are a consistent problem in your tank, you’ll need to upgrade to a Level 1 or Level 2 UV sterilizer to deal with stubborn viruses. Parasites are the most difficult pathogen to kill and require Level 2 UV sterilizers with prolonged dwell times.

Importantly, instead of changing your light’s power, you can change the water flow rate to increase the dwell time and install a filter to increase transmittance.

Both of these steps can be used during a disease outbreak to keep the tank water as sterile as possible and prevent disease-causing microbes from spreading rampant.

Reviews for the Best UV Sterilizers Available

Now that you have a clear understanding of how to choose, you can use the product reviews below to make an informed decision.

1. Emperor Aquatics Smart 25-watt UV Sterilizer

This UV sterilizer from Emperor Aquatics features one of the most powerful UV lights found among aquarium sterilizers at 25 watts.

That makes this sterilizer ideal for large aquariums – it is rated for tanks up to 125 gallons – since you can run at relatively high flow rates while still achieving effective sterilization. In fact, the sterilizer is effective at removing disease-causing bacteria even at rates up to 200 gallons per hour.

The three-inch body is relatively narrow given the high wattage of the light, so you may waste some electricity, but you can be certain that no water will go untouched by the UV light.

The sterilizer also comes with a quartz sleeve, which makes it a good choice for cold water tanks where the UV light needs insulation to work efficiently.

Note that this sterilizer has a 1.5-inch distance between the inlet and outlet ports. The UV bulb itself is rated for up to a 9,000-hour lifespan, which corresponds to about one year of around-the-clock use. The heavy plastic casing is watertight and corrosion resistant and is designed to last for years of use.

Emperor Aquatics Smart 25 Watt UV Sterilizer

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2. AA Aquarium Green Killing Machine 9-watt UV Sterilizer

This inexpensive and compact 9-watt UV sterilizer from AA Aquarium is perfect for keeping small aquarium tanks clean. The sterilizer is recommended for tanks up to 50 gallons in volume and is rated for flow rates up to 60 gallons per hour. Flow in the UV chamber occurs in a zig-zag to increase the dwelling time without reducing the flow rate.

The sterilizer is unique in that it uses a sealed UV bulb, which is designed to make changing the bulb out as simple as possible. There are no gloves required to change the bulb since you never actually touch the bulb itself. In addition, the UV sterilizer comes with an LED on the control box that tells you when it is time to change out the bulb.

The unit is designed to hang inside your tank rather than connect in-line in your aquarium system, which makes setup a cinch. The sterilizer comes pre-assembled so that getting it running takes only a few minutes. In addition, the pump comes with a three-year warranty to protect your purchase.

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3. SunSun JUP-01 9-watt UV Sterilizer

This 9-watt sterilizer from SunSun is a good choice for moderately large tanks and is recommended to aquariums up to 75 gallons in size.

Like the AA Aquarium Green Killing Machine, the UV sterilizer has a built-in pump and is designed to hang inside your tank rather than connect in-line to your water flow system.

The sterilizer is quite large and produces a lot of suction, which can be problematic for reef tanks with fish that are accustomed to living in calm waters. The 210-gallon per hour flow rate is in particular too high for tanks that are much smaller than 75 gallons.

However, the sterilization is extremely effective thanks to the relatively large length and diameter of the chamber.

The sterilizer is simple to install and can be hung vertically or horizontally depending on the setup of your tank.

SunSun JUP-01 9W UV Sterilizer Submersible Filter Pump

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4. AquaUltraviolet Advantage 2000+ 15-wattt UV Sterilizer

This powerful sterilizer from AquaUltraviolet is perfect for moderate-sized tanks where an in-line UV sterilizer is preferred over a hanging sterilizer.

This sterilizer is designed to support flow rates up to 240 gallons per hour or slower and you can use your tank’s pump system to control the flow rate and dwell time for more complete sterilization. The sterilizer is recommended for tanks up to approximately 75 gallons.

The unit is compact and lightweight with a three-inch diameter to ensure that all of the water in the chamber is hit effectively with UV light. The exterior tubing is constructed from heavy-duty PVC plastic to ensure that it is durable.

Installing the sterilizer into your water flow system is extremely easy thanks to the barb-style input and output, although it is worth noting that the unit does not come with a mounting bracket or tubing.

AquaUltraviolet Advantage 2000+ Inline 3/4″ Barb – 15 Watt Aquarium UV Sterilizer

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5. Aqua Ultraviolet Advantage 8-watt UV Sterilizer

This 8-watt UV sterilizer from AquaUltraviolet is essentially a smaller version of the Advantage 2000+ 15-watt sterilizer and has many of the same excellent design features.

The unit is designed to install in-line so that the flow rate can be controlled by your main tank pump or an auxiliary pump. Given the sterilizer’s small size, it is recommended for tanks of 50 gallons or less.

The sterilizer is designed from heavy-duty PVC plastic to ensure that it remains watertight over the entire lifespan of your aquarium.

The ¾-inch barb-style inlet and outlet make it simple to install the sterilizer within a few minutes, although like the larger AquaUltraviolet sterilizer this unit does not come with tubing or mounting brackets

Aqua Ultraviolet 8-watt Advantage UV Hanger Model

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Top Picks

The best UV sterilizer for your aquarium depends on the size of your tank and the disease-causing organisms you are trying to eliminate.

When trying to get rid of difficult-to-kill viruses and multicellular parasites like protozoa, we recommend the Emperor Aquatics UV sterilizer.

This sterilizer boasts a powerful 25-watt UV lamp encased in a narrow 3-inch body so that any water passing through the chamber feels the full force of the UV light. The power of this light also makes it a relatively good choice for large aquariums since it can be run at high flow rates.

When an in-tank hanging UV sterilizer is preferred over an in-line sterilizer for convenience and ease of cleaning, we recommend the AA Aquarium Green Killing Machine.

This 9-watt sterilizer is recommended for tanks up to 50 gallons in size and increases dwell time by flowing water through the UV chamber in a zig-zag path. The sterilizer also features a unique encased bulb design that makes changing out the bulb each year as simple as possible.

Finally, when it comes to finding an in-line UV sterilizer for a moderately-sized tank and elimination of simple bacteria and viruses, we recommend the AquaUltraviolet Advantage 2000+ UV sterilizer.

This unit is made from heavy-duty PVC to ensure its durability and is capable of sterilizing water in tanks up to 75-gallons. Best of all, the barb-style inlet and outlet ports make installing the sterilizer and removing it for cleaning easy.

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Emperor Aquatics Smart 25 Watt UV Sterilizer

SunSun JUP-01 9W UV Sterilizer Submersible Filter Pump

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Aqua Ultraviolet 8-watt Advantage UV Hanger Model

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Emperor Aquatics Smart 25 Watt UV Sterilizer

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SunSun JUP-01 9W UV Sterilizer Submersible Filter Pump

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AquaUltraviolet Advantage 2000+ Inline 3/4″ Barb – 15 Watt Aquarium UV Sterilizer

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Aqua Ultraviolet 8-watt Advantage UV Hanger Model

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UV Sterilizer FAQs

1.

How Often Should I Clean My UV Sterilizer?

The UV sterilizer must be cleaned frequently in order to keep the transmittance high – any scum building up on the outside of the light will decrease its sterilization efficiency. Cleaning the sterilizer once per month is typically sufficient.

In addition, if you have a quartz sleeve on your UV light, that will need to be cleaned every several months to prevent issues with transmittance decreasing over time.

2. How Often Should I Change the UV Bulb?

The UV bulb should be changed every six months if you are using it for disease prevention, or once per year if you are using it simply to prevent algal growth.

3. How Long Should I Run My UV Sterilizer for Each Day?

Most aquarists run their UV sterilizer 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are no negative effects to running a UV sterilizer other than the added cost on your electric bill, and consistently turning over the tank every 30-60 minutes increases the effectiveness of the sterilizer at preventing diseases outbreaks

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Where Should I Place My UV Sterilizer in My Aquarium?

Where to install your UV sterilizer depends on your aquarium setup. Here are a couple tips to think about:

– The UV sterilizer must be after the water pump to ensure that there is proper water flow through the UV chamber.

– It is good practice to place your UV sterilizer after a filtration system, since clean water will offer a higher transmittance and get the most out of your UV light.

– If you have an in-line chiller, your UV sterilizer should be placed either on a separate line or before the chiller. This is because low-pressure UV lights operate much more efficiently at high temperatures.

– Placing the UV sterilizer immediately prior to a sump pump will help to slow down the water flow rate, which can increase the effectiveness of your UV light. Just be sure that your tank will be turned over one to two times per hour.

Best Aquarium UV Sterilizer – 9 Best Reviewed in 2021

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The Aquarium UV Sterilizer is one of the most praised and most critiqued piece of equipment in both freshwater and saltwater aquariums. It’s easy to see why because the quality of the sterilizer differs greatly and many people do not know the difference. It’s easy to just purchase a cheap UV sterilizer and expect it to work wonders for disease and algae management. I was a little hesitant to write this article at first , but there is a lot of misinformation out there with these products so I feel it’s best to write a comprehensive article educating people on how they work so you have reasonable expectations of what you will get out of them.

The best aquarium UV sterilizer is expensive, but have the ability to to mitigate pathogens in the aquarium. The cheap UV sterilizers will often only be best for water clarification. With that being said, let’s talk about what exactly is a UV Sterilizer.

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What is a UV Sterilizer For A Fish Tank?

A UV sterilizer is a filtration unit that uses a germicidal florescent lamp that uses a particular wavelength (254 nm). Water is delivered to the unit via a pump where the water passes through a quartz chamber. As the water passes through this chamber, the UV light damages algae, parasites, and bacteria’s DNA preventing them from growing and reproducing.

UV sterilizers have been a topic of discussion regarding the fight on superbugs. Superbugs are evolved (or mutated depending on how you want to label them) pathogens which are drug resistant. UV light has showed to attack parasite resistance as it destroys the DNA. If you own a marine aquarium, you may be familiar with drug resistant ich and marine velvet coming through aquarium trade supply chain. This is a must watch below: 

Aquarium UV Sterilizer Dwell Time And Why It’s So Important

The time spent in the quartz chamber is known as dwell time. This dwell time is something you are going to write down as you research UV units as this is the most important factor when deciding what the best UV sterilizer is for your budget.

UV Sterilizer in theory, are all designed the same way with a sleeve and UV bulb, but certain units have larger dwell time due to the width and length of the quartz chamber. The longer and wider the chamber, the higher the dwell time. You can also increase the dwell time by lowering the flow to the unit, but if the unit is too short and not wide enough you will hit a limit to the sterilization you can achieve.

The longer dwell time you have, the longer the water is exposed to the UV sterilizer light. This in turn means there is a higher likeihood that all pathogens/organisms passing through the UV light will be affected. So how do we rate dwell time? The best way to rate this is to categorize the level of sterilization and what this means when choosing a filter.

UV Sterilizer Levels – Not All Are Created Equal

Knowing the sterilization levels a unit can achieve is what you need to know as a consumer in order to purchase the best uv sterilizer for your fish tank or pond. We can break down UV sterilization into 3 uses.

  1. Green Water Clarification (Clarification)
  2. Bacterial, Flagellates, and Light Parasite Sterilization (Sterilization) 
  3. Heavy Parasite Sterilization  (Heavy Sterilization)

The best sterilizers on the market can do the 3rd category. The middle grade models can do the 1st and second. Budget units can only do the first.

UV Clarification – The Most Common Sterilizer on the Market

The first category of UV Sterilization is the main reason why UVs can such a bad rap in the industry. The vast majority of UV sterilizers available for sale will only be capable of clarification. In freshwater tanks and ponds, this is still a very good unit as it will eliminate green water, but don’t expect it to do anything for bacterial and parasite mitigation or redox balance.

These sterilizers are usually hang-on or internal which makes them easy to install. These UV sterilizers offer little dwell time and comprise of many cheaper sterilizers on the market.

Sterilization – Mid-Level Units 

We start getting into more serious UV sterilizers at level 1 sterilization . These units are capable of actual sterilization with their higher dwell time. These units are most suited for common fish tank and pond usage. They have enough dwell time to not only clarify water, but can destroy harmful viruses and bacteria in your aquarium. Level 1 sterilizers are particularly useful in marine aquariums at helping to eliminating dinoflagellates

Heavy Sterilization – The Best of the Best

This category represents the uv sterilizers with the best dwell time. They are the best of the best in the industry and common of what you will see in public aquariums. That is not to say that this is not available to the common hobbyist, it’s just that sterilizers of this level are very expensive in comparison to others that do not have the dwell to be in this category.

These units are fully capable of water clarification, disease mitigation, redox balance, algae containment, and suitable for increasing the disease resistance of your fish population.

What Is Redox And How It Relates to UV Sterilization

I mentioned redox in the discussion about sterilization categories, but did not define it. Redox refers to ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential). This relates to the degree of water purity in your aquarium. An effective UV sterilizer will increase your redox potential. If you want the full explanation. You can view the full explanation from Reef Sanctuary.

The Aquarium UV Sterilizers – A Quick Comparison for the Money

Now that I have explained how sterilizers work and what the levels of sterilization are, let’s discuss the best UV Sterilizers for fish tanks and ponds.

Below is the comprehensive list of units with their category of sterilization listed.

Best Aquarium UV Sterilizer – The 9 Best (2021 Reviews)

Let us go in depth and see why each sterilizer made the list!

1. TMC Vecton – The Best UV Sterilizer On The Market

Editor’s Choice

The TMC Vecton is without a doubt the best UV sterilizer on the market. At first, you may think what is this brand and what makes the unit so great. TMC stands for Tropic Marine Centre, which is based out in the United Kingdom. TMC has been leading the UK in fish trade since the 1970s and specializes in high end aquarium equipment with reef tanks being their main focus. The are the leading supplier in the UK for livestock and design their own equipment, with their equipment being used in commercial facilities all over Europe. You can learn more about them in the video below. I wish we had more suppliers like this in the US:

So now that you know who TMC is let’s talk about why this unit is the best available. The main thing that makes TMC Vectons so great is their dwell time. They have the longest dwell time available in a sterilizer because their chamber is very wide. The UV bulb is also unique from other makers in that they use a wider T8 UV bulb versus a the standard T5 used in most UV sterilizers. This wide UV bulb is more effective at sterilizing than other units in the market. 

The next thing to love is how the unit is assembled. It comes with its own docking bay so you can easily mount to your aquarium stand or wall. This docking bay allows you to pop up the bay and perform maintenance on the unit and keeps the electronics safe and secure. The sterilizer also comes with a swivel arm that can be placed at the top or below of the unit for ease of install and adapt to piping. 

The main downfall with this sterilizer is its availability. Because it’s made in the UK, it’s difficult to find their small units available unless you purchase a transformer. The 25 watt unit is the main UV sterilizer you want to look for and will handle small and large tanks.

The UV light and its dwell will outperform larger wattage units. This UV light will be the equivalent of 40 watts for many other UVs out there. The UV bulbs will also need to be special ordered, but given the performance this unit provides and the fact that it is a bargain over the more expensive Aqua UV classic makes these worth it.

Pros
  • The best heavy sterilization available to the hobbyist
  • T8 over T5 provides the highest dwell time available
  • Docking bay is an excellent feature that makes this unit easier to install
Cons
  • Hard to find and order
  • Only 25 watts

2. Aqua UV Advantage – Hang On The Back Sterilizer for Small Tanks

Best Value

The Aqua UV Advantage series is a hang on the back UV sterilizer specifically made for small and sumpless tanks. Aqua UV makes some of the best UV sterilizers in the market and they haven’t skipped on their well known quality in this unit. This UV sterilizer has the same quality build and larger dwell chamber.

It is a bit small to qualify as a sterilizer capable of level 2 sterilization, but it is a strong first category sterilizer and there are honestly very few high end sterilizers available at this size. If you have a sumpless fish tank, this is a great UV sterilizer to look into.

Pros
  • Compact size
  • Works with sumpless tanks
  • Quality sterilization
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Smaller dwell time than the classic models

Best For: A sumpless fish tank

3. Green Killing Machine – Simple To Use Green Water Clarifier

Budget Option

For those of you looking for an easy to use sterilizer out of the box, the Green Killing Machine is a great unit to get. It works internally with a pump included. The Green Killing Machine is small enough to fit in a small sump or inside your fish tank where you plants or rock can hide it.

This unit is not very powerful though. You will need to purchase this knowing it is only a UV capable of clarification, but it does a great job of clearing up green water out of the aquarium. Just see the differences below of what this little UV light can do.

Before:

 After 6 days: