Great UV light / Insurance By BBoyter on 7/18/13BBoyter would recommend this product to a friendThis review is for the 40watt Emperor Aquatics uv light.
As many people have said this thing is huge. Comparing it to other uv lights there is no way that other lights work as well.
Why you should buy:
Clearer water (I didn't have dirty or cloudy water before but I could tell a difference)
Insurance against disease outbreak (Tangs are my favorite but almost lost one to ick, Now I don't worry near as much)
What to watch for:
Make sure the pump you are using is matched to the flow rate for what you are trying to accomplish i.e. just algae control or algae and disease control.
Other Note. When I received my unit the quartz tube had broken during shipping. While I had ordered many times from BRS I had not dealt with its customer service so I was a little worried. They are better than Amazon. I was worried it would be a problem to get a new one but BRS shipped it fast and I was up and running in no time. I will not buy my aquatic products anywhere else after such a great experience.
Very good overall By Turf on 3/26/13Turf would recommend this product to a friendOverall this is a solid built product with quality seals. A couple note worthy points that several have already mentioned
1) It's BIG and would be tough to mount under a 6' tank like I have unless it was VERY organized. To get an idea of how big it is you should stop by Home Depot and hold up a 4" diameter pvc pipe. I placed mine on the floor between the tank and wall.
2) No mounting brackets come with this unit but you can find them at any home improvement store... there are however not as clean to mount as with the smaller units.
3) Worth buying a $30 flow meter to maximize the efficiencies of this unit.
Well built By Milford on 9/15/12Milford would recommend this product to a friendI have the 40 watt unit on my 180 gallon tank. Been in use for about a year now with no problems with the UV or my tank.
Algae at a minimum and no outbreaks of any sort. UV is super well built and BRS has replacement bulbs stocked. This is my first UV in a system and this one has not let me down.
great product, very well built. By jason on 8/19/12jason would recommend this product to a friendjust got my 40 watt uv and it is a beast!!!! it is made well and i like the very detailed instruction that came with it. it is very large so you better have alto if room to install it. the quartz leave is heavy duty, and comes out really easy. i didn't give it 5 stars only because it didn't come with any type of mounting brackets or hardware. i feel it should have for the money it costs. i am having trouble finding something that will hold it good, probably just going to make something which slows down install. overall this is a product i would recommend. i will update after a few months of using it.
Larger than life By Robert on 2/8/12Robert would recommend this product to a friendThis unit is huge. I bolted it under the bottom of my 100 gallon tank. My wife got it for me and she thought she had ordered the wrong part be cause of the size and I told her remember we are getting a bigger tank so sweetie you did good. I wish it came with an optional flow meter of a build in one.
Its a Big Deal! By David on 11/22/11David would recommend this product to a friendThis thing works great--I had to get a bit creative with the plumbing because it is so big. I run it off a 2nd return pump in my sump. That pump feels my GFO, and Carbon Reactor as well at the UV filter. The discharge from the UV goes directly into the display tank.
This thing is really well built with heavy duty, top quality, components By Mark on 7/12/11Mark would recommend this product to a friendThis thing is really well built with heavy duty, top quality, components. It comes with unions, and all the connectors (slip, threaded, and barbed) to plumb into your system.
I also like that it’s used by zoos, universities, and public aquariums.
Be aware this thing is big. It’s roughly 4 feet long and 5 inches round.
Excellent Product By Edward on 5/14/11Edward would recommend this product to a friendBulk Reef Supply has delivered again with an excellent product. I am very happy and would definitely recommend it to everyone. Excellent design and superior durability.
Excellent Product By EG on 5/14/11EG would recommend this product to a friendBulk Reef Supply delivers again with en excellent product. The quality is second to none. I would recommend this brand to everyone.
Don't let the picture fool you. By Brad on 3/2/11Brad would recommend this product to a friendThis thing is gigantic! (I bought the 40 watt) The picture does not do it justice pay attention this thing is over 42" long, not including the lead. I like the fact that it has 2" inputs and comes with fittings for multiple connection types from hard-pipe to flex tube. I have a 36 watt turbo twist too and I don't see how they could compare. It would be great if BRS would sell a flowmeter as an accessory for the UV's though so you can have a way to know how much you need to adjust the flow to meet the recommendations.
Amazing Quality By Loknar28 on 12/31/10Loknar28 would recommend this product to a friendThis thing is built like a tank and has a lifetime warranty against UV degradation of the housing. If you follow the very detailed maintenance instructions in the manual, it should outlast your tank.
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UV sterilizers are most effective as a preventative measure against disease outbreak. While not infallible a properly sized and set up sterilizer will add a significant barrier to disease outbreak. Protecting your system and it's inhabitants will ultimately save money, promote long lived healthy fish and increase satisfaction received from the hobby. Sterilizers can also be used as a component of an effective strategy to current outbreak. Primarily to help ensure the outbreak doesn't re-emerge after treatment. Anyone who has had the misfortune to encounter an outbreak will appreciate the importance of preventive measures against future problems.
Bulk Reef Supply carries only the Emperor Aquatics line of UV Equipment because we feel they are the best UV sterilizers available to the aquarium industry and one of the few brands that offers legitimately sized units capable of fulfilling their claims.
Emperor Aquatics UV Sterilizers are superior to the competition in the following ways:
- Sterilizers are accurately sized based on contact time, flow rate and tank volume to achieve realistic results.
- Suggested sizes are based on end of bulb life to ensure continuous results
- Suggested flow rates factor in the water clarity and UV Transmittance of typical aquariums rather than basing them on purified water.
- Unique design maximizes the effective contact time by utilizing the full bulb length.
- Emperor aquatics is trusted by zoos, universities and public aquariums including Duke University, Monterey Bay Aquarium, SeaWorld, Georgia Aquarium, USDA Agricultural Research
40 Watt SMART UV Sterilizer Specs
|Model No.||Maximum Aquarium Size||No. Lamps/Watts||Water Flow Rate Algae and Bacteria 30,000 µWs/cm² Suggested/Maximum||Water Flow Rate |
180,000 µWs/cm² Suggested/Maximum
|Input Watts||UV-C Output Watts||Dimensions (Inches)||Inlet/Outlet|
|02040||260 Gallons||1/40||943 GPH/1574 GPH||157 GPH/262 GPH||40||14||43¾" x 3½"||1½" Union|
*Suggested flow rates are based on 80% power or "end of lamp's life" performance
*Maximum flow rates are based on 100% power or new lamp output
*Flow rates consider 90% UV transmissibility
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