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Ok, so I have searched the forum and watched the BRS videos on UV sterilizers. I may have missed the answer to my question. If so, I apologize!

I had an ich outbreak (maybe other things too, not sure) recently and it was horrible. I lost some of my favorite fish. I noticed it too late, and the treatment/quarantine only saved about half of my fish.

I started researching eradication/management methods and I decided that I would get a UV sterilizer. I had an extra return pump laying around rated for 2650gph. I purchased an Aqua Ultraviolet 57w unit from BRS. I have a 230gal total water volume system. And I was focusing on bigger is better option.

I did not realize how much flow I would lose through the unit, and plumbing back into the tank. Running the DC pump at 100% I calculated (with a 1 gallon container and a stopwatch) that it’s really only putting out about 600gph.

I bought the UV sterilizer to help manage the free floating parasite population in the water column. The lowest recommended protozoa bacteria water flow rate is 1066gph for this unit. Given that the general suggestion I keep seeing and hearing for this type of parasite management is “slow flow rate”, will it achieve what I’m trying to achieve? If not, obviously I need to purchase a different unit or pump. If yes, are there other repercussions I need to be aware of from being below the suggested flow rate?

Thanks for the read, and pre-thanks for the feedback!
 
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Yes. You can run less than the minimum flow rate - it just means longer dwell time and higher UV exposure. I have the same UV model and I run mine at between 600-800Gph.

You can actually run up to 1066Gph and still get the maximum exposure rate for parasites (flow higher than that results in diminishing exposure time).
 

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Ok, so I have searched the forum and watched the BRS videos on UV sterilizers. I may have missed the answer to my question. If so, I apologize!

I had an ich outbreak (maybe other things too, not sure) recently and it was horrible. I lost some of my favorite fish. I noticed it too late, and the treatment/quarantine only saved about half of my fish.

I started researching eradication/management methods and I decided that I would get a UV sterilizer. I had an extra return pump laying around rated for 2650gph. I purchased an Aqua Ultraviolet 57w unit from BRS. I have a 230gal total water volume system. And I was focusing on bigger is better option.

I did not realize how much flow I would lose through the unit, and plumbing back into the tank. Running the DC pump at 100% I calculated (with a 1 gallon container and a stopwatch) that it’s really only putting out about 600gph.

I bought the UV sterilizer to help manage the free floating parasite population in the water column. The lowest recommended protozoa bacteria water flow rate is 1066gph for this unit. Given that the general suggestion I keep seeing and hearing for this type of parasite management is “slow flow rate”, will it achieve what I’m trying to achieve? If not, obviously I need to purchase a different unit or pump. If yes, are there other repercussions I need to be aware of from being below the suggested flow rate?

Thanks for the read, and pre-thanks for the feedback!
It's worth keeping in mind a couple of things.

The flow rate you mentioned is the *maximum* flow which will achieve a UV exposure of 90,000uW/cm.

That exposure is sufficient for some protozoa, including Freshwater Ich, but is insufficient for Crytocaryon Irritans or Marine Ich.

For marine Ich you require a minimum of 280,000 uw/cm which is three times the dosage, therefore you need to reduce the flow a third of what you stated.
 
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Yes. You can run less than the minimum flow rate - it just means longer dwell time and higher UV exposure. I have the same UV model and I run mine at between 600-800Gph.

You can actually run up to 1066Gph and still get the maximum exposure rate for parasites (flow higher than that results in diminishing exposure time).
Awesome thank you for the feedback!
 
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It's worth keeping in mind a couple of things.

The flow rate you mentioned is the *maximum* flow which will achieve a UV exposure of 90,000uW/cm.

That exposure is sufficient for some protozoa, including Freshwater Ich, but is insufficient for Crytocaryon Irritans or Marine Ich.

For marine Ich you require a minimum of 280,000 uw/cm which is three times the dosage, therefore you need to reduce the flow a third of what you stated.
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