We recommend 1/2"-5/8" ID Tubing for the Custom UV Sterilizers (I generally use 5/8"), Available here (Click on Picture): Aquarium/ Pond Vinyl Tubing; - Airline, 3/8, ½, 5/8, Ύ, 1: and hose clamps too.
Tubing Installation For help in connecting aquarium tubing to hose barbs or similar connection, please click here.
-Your UV was a blessing. Every month I would be scrubbing everything down, still to have it come back. These pictures are from the first 7 days after installation. I hope you could share this on your website. I was looking for pictures like this all over on the internet. Now I took them, to share them with others having the same problem. Thanks again.
Please Click on each of these links to view pictures: UV Green Water Clear 1 UV Green Water Clear 2 UV Tank Set Up
Paul Phillips, (November 14, 2009)
-Thank you guys, superb product (15 W home made sterilizer), my water is crystal clear after few days, product's simplicity is stunning. I wish every product was that simple to use, without complicated cheap electronics yet extremely effective;
Matthew Jablonski, Canada 3/6/09
-Thanks for a great product! Our 150 gallon shubunkin tank is finally crystal clear. No more green water. I highly recommend your UV
filter. It was easy to set up too.
Janet S (7/2/07)
-Subject: RE: 15 watt UV Sterilizer
Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2006 16:45:19 -0800
Thanks for the fast shipping! The sterilizer seems to be working great. I was happy to find an inexpensive alternative to the cheaply made Chinese products on ebay.
-A+packing+shipping Best uv I've seen for any price and Ive install and seen many
Custom 15 Watt UV Sterilizer/Clarifier- $125.99 Pre-Order
(We make it after you buy it) Jump to Shopping Cart
Our own custom product, designed for easy service and installation. LONG water contact time!!
Excellent UVC Penetration with only .2 to .3 cm between UV lamp and the inside all of the unit for Mw/cm2 intensity factor of near 300
Works well with canister filters or any pump/ filter or diverter with a flow rate of 150 to 350 gph (a larger pump may be used, we recommend diverting the water for a slower gph for maximum effectiveness of this OR ANY OTHER UV).
For aquariums up to 200 gallons or ponds up to 1000 gallons. It comes with 1/2" -5/8 hose barbs [convertible to 3/4"], an adapter for hang-on-the back applications, and a 15 watt in line UVC bulb.
The best part of this units simplicity is that you can also obtain the 'o' rings at most hardware stores and you can obtain the UVC bulb (the unit comes with one] at many pet stores [coral life makes a good one).
This UV also comes with a durable magnetic ballast, as compared to most UVs that come with cheap electronic ballasts that last only a year or two. We use FS-2 starters that are easy to find, cheap to replace (unlike expensive hard to find electronic ballasts). In fact in over 15 years of building these and 100s built/ maintained we have yet to replace a ballast! We also sell these starters in our shopping cart below.
Requires 110/120 V or an adapter. (If you live outside North America)
This UV can be either installed in-line (such as with a Canister Filter or power head), placed on a valve controlled bypass, or hung on the back as shown in the picture to the left. For HOB applications where an internal power head/pump/filter is used, I recommend the purchase of the intake adapter which is sold separately to keep tubing in from the aquarium from kinking (the intake adapter is shown in the picture to the left as well).
This UV Sterilizer/Clarifier uses ½ inch to 5/8 inch ID (inside dimension) Aquarium/Pond Vinyl Tubing. We recommend a pump with at least 4 feet of head pressure to adequately push water through this UV, even if hung on the back.
Pictured to the left is an installation utilizing the Custom UV Sterilizer, an Intake and Return Adapter, and a power head;
(Picture courtesy of Paul Phillips)
The picture above left is utilizing a Custom UV Sterilizer for Hang on the Back/HOB application (the intake adapter is pulled away from the aquarium for emphasis, this is used to attach to a power head or internal filter)
STERILIZER INCLUDES BULB (as well as the "hang on the back adapter)! -WARRANTED ONE YEAR.(We will repair at cost of parts for 3 years)
-ENTIRE UV UNIT LENGTH = 24"
*Easy pond installation; simply remove the hose barb and 1/2-3/4" reducer, replace with 3/4" nipples, connect to return lines in your pond via 'T's in your existing PVC and 3/4" reducers from whatever your return lines diameter.
PLEASE NOTE, since we build these to order, it can take a few days (generally 2-3) to fill any orders for the Custom UV Sterilizer.
If you need other items urgently, we recommend placing a separate order from the custom UV.
Also if a you need a UV Sterilizer more quickly, consider our Vecton or Advantage UV Sterilizers.
*Bulb FS-2 Starters - $3.99Jump to Shopping Cart
(Usually when the bulb fails to light upon replacement, this is the problem, which is a simple and inexpensive fix and can also be found at many hardware stores too)
1" compression 'O' Rings for UV Sterilizer $2.99 set *I recommend replacing them at least every other bulb change, these also may adhere to the bulb upon changing the old bulb out and need to be gently loosened with a small knife, otherwise replacement of O Rings becomes necessary
*Also fits older Aquanetics UV and any Ύ PVC compression fitting requiring a 1 inch ID O Ring
*UV Water Return and Intake Adapter For use with Vecton, Terminator, or any other under aquarium UV Sterilizer. For use with in-tank power heads or internal filters to safely return or intake water to the aquarium without hose kinks.
*3/4" X 1/2" (TO 5/8") Hose Barb Adapter Useful for adapting 3/4" inch hose barbs on UVs (such as the 9 Watt Terminator) or other aquarium equipment to the 1/2 to 5/8" hoses common Ehiem and other filters.
FOR EXAMPLE; to fit a 9 Watt Terminator to a Fluval 404 Filter, you would splice the out flow tubing and connect the 1/2 to 5/8 barb to the filter tubing on both sides and the 3/4" barb would attach to the Terminator (in the middle of the outflow).
*Water T Diverter Valves For use with ponds, sumps, or any high flow water application where the flow rate exceeds the recommended GPH per watt for a UV Sterilizer as well as other applications
Please Click on the above picture link to purchase these items form the Plumbing Parts Web Page
Available on our Tubing & Hose Clamps Page:
*5/16" to 7/8" Hose Clamps- Set (2)
*11/16" to 1-1/4" Hose Clamps- Set (2)
Please Click on the picture link to go to this page for hose clamps
CONTRACT; This is a custom UV Sterilizer built to order, which Carl has designed & built since 1988 without any issues. That said the Buyer still acknowledges and accepts the fact that the only warranty is as noted earlier on this web page for the UV itself. ANY damages other than to the UV itself from use, whether from misuse or otherwise caused, including defects, IS ASSUMED BY THE BUYER.
By purchasing, you are agreeing to this contract.
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