Best Aquarium UV Sterilizers

UltraViolet aquarium Sterilization is a great way to keep your tank water clear and free of parasites. As the aquarium hobby has evolved, UV sterilizers have evolved with it. These units now come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit any aquarium. Sterilizers can be used on both freshwater and saltwater aquariums in addition to outdoor ponds. Within this article we are going to dive into a wide array of sterilizer options that operate perfectly on a variety of aquarium types. If you have any questions or are seeking a UV sterilizer recommendation, our customer care team would be more than happy to assist you. 

Within this piece we are going to highlight a wide array of sterilizer options for a variety of unique aquariums. We will first discuss an inline sterilizer for nano tanks, and an insert style sterilizer for all in one aquariums. Then, we will break down a budget friendly option for multiple tank sizes and a proven line for most aquarium needs. Finally, we will cap off this piece with our most high-end sterilizer with some seriously premium features. 

Summary: 

An inline option for nano tanks: JBJ NanoZapp 3 Watt Inline UV Sterilizer

The best choice for all-in-one tanks: Innovative Marine AUQA Shield UV Sterilizer Line

An ideal budget option: Coralife TurboTwist UV Sterilizer

A proven sterilizer line: Aqua UltraViolet UV Sterilizers

The premium sterilizer option: LifeGard Aquatics Pro-Max UV Sterilizers

An inline option for nano tanks: JBJ NanoZapp 3 Watt Inline UV Sterilizer

JBJ NanoZapp UV Sterilizer

Aquarium hobbyists have gotten to know JBJ over the years for their high quality products and aquariums. Their NanoZapp Inline UV Sterilizer comes in a very unique form but it is no exception to JBJ’s high quality products. This unit can be plumbed directly into the return line of the aquarium which allows it to take up very little space and energy. The sterilizer requires between 100-225 gallons per hour for peak operation. This sterilizer will be an excellent choice for any aquarium under 30 gallons. This unit will help take care of water cloudiness that can be caused by a variety of algae's in addition to parasites and disease causing pathogens. For its unique form factor, the JBJ NanoZapp is our choice for the best aquarium UV sterilizer to use inline with your aquarium system.

The best choice for all-in-one tanks: Innovative Marine AUQA Shield UV Sterilizer Line  

Next up is the best sterilizer choice for all in one aquariums. These tanks tend to have less filtration space but, even with these restrictions, Innovative Marine has created the AUQA Shield line to maximize sterilizer performance within these tanks. These units are offered in three sizes including two designed to fit perfectly into the NUVO aquarium line and another Universal model that is more versatile and can operate on tanks up to 40 gallons. We also offer the replacement lamps for each of these sizes and we recommend swapping out the bulb every 6-12 months depending on any cloudiness or excess algae appearing in your water. Instillation is very straightforward on these units as you can simply drop them right into your tank. The feed pump is also included with the purchase of each sterilizer unit. All of these features culminate in one of the best aquarium UV sterilizers for all in one aquariums.

Innovative Marine AUQA Shield UV Sterilizer

An ideal budget option: Coralife TurboTwist UV Sterilizer

Coralife TurboTwist UV Sterilizer

For those looking to add UV sterilization on a budget, look no further than the TurboTwist from our friends over at Coralife. This sterilizer is offered in three different sizes including a 9 watt, 18 watt, and 36 watt iteration. Each size will come with all of the equipment needed to get it properly plumbed into your sump. These sterilizers will work perfectly on both saltwater and freshwater aquariums. In terms of sizing, the 9 watt will work on aquariums up to 125 gallons, the 18 watt would be ideal for tanks up to 250 gallons, and the 36 watt is the choice for aquariums up to 500 gallons. Mounting brackets will allow hobbyists to secure the sterilizer in place to avoid it moving around in the sump. We offer high quality bulb replacements for each of these sterilizers. Additionally, these sterilizers come at an extremely affordable price point and have been proven to work for years. Each of these features make the Coralife TurboTwist one of the best aquarium sterilizers on a budget.

A proven sterilizer line: Aqua UltraViolet UV Sterilizers

One of our most popular sterilizer lines is from Aqua UltraViolet. We offer these units in a variety of sizes including both with and without a quartz sleeve wiper that helps cut down on maintenance. Aqua Ultraviolet is known for their high quality sterilizers and they can operate on a variety of tank sizes. Thousands of hobbyists rely on these sterilizers for the removal of cloudy parasites and algae's within your aquarium water. Each of these units feature an “EZ twist cap” and a “quick release tee” that make installation and maintenance a breeze. For a saltwater reef aquarium, Aqua UltraViolet recommends a flow rate through the sterilizer of around 400 gallons per hour to maximize exposure and kill off algae and parasites. For their extremely high quality and durable properties, the units from Aqua Ultraviolet are our choice for one of the best aquarium UV sterilizers built to last. 

Aqua UltraViolet UV Sterilizer

The premium sterilizer option: LifeGard Aquatics Pro-Max UV Sterilizers

LifeGard Aquatics Pro-Max UV Sterilizer

If you’re looking to splurge on a high quality UV Sterilizer for your aquarium, the Pro-Max line from Lifegard Aquatics is a great option for you. These units are offered in a 3” and a 5” size that each have a variety of power outputs. Depending on your size selection, this model can operate on aquariums between 75 and 900 gallons. One premium feature of these sterilizers is the fact that they have a ballast that indicates the amount of days until the UV bulb needs to be replaced. Another excellent aspect of these sterilizers is their unique form. The inlets and outlets on these units are curved to make plumbing them into your system much easier. The overall high quality build on these sterilizers from Lifegard Aquatics will ensure your investment into aquarium sterilization will reap benefits for years to come. All of these features culminate in the best aquarium sterilizer with premium features.

Final Thoughts:

We hope this article has provided you with some helpful information regarding UV sterilizers and if it may be worth investing in one for your system. Whether you have a nano reef or a large planted aquarium, we have a plethora of UV options for you. Don’t let your research stop here, our YouTube channel has a variety of helpful videos to help aid in your search for a UV Sterilizer. Our customer care team will also be there to assist with any questions you may have.