- Smart UV 40 Watt - Pentair Aquatics
Emperor Aquatics is now Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems.
Why does BRS recommend this?
When it comes to UV most other companies will recommend a small UV for a large tank which in reality won’t do much more than make your water look a bit clearer. If your ultimate goal is to keep bacteria, protozoa, and other free-floating pathogens at bay you really can't do much better than Pentair Aquatics for UV sterilizers. With their real-world ratings, we have tried other UV sterilizers and really nothing else has come close. Even though they are a bit more expensive than other brands, their performance makes them worth every penny.
Bulk Reef Supply carries the Pentair Aquatics line of UV Equipment because we feel they product some of the best UV sterilizers available to the aquarium industry and are one of the few brands that offer legitimately sized units capable of fulfilling their claims. Pentair Aquatics SMART UV series features a compact space saving design which utilizes a 3" reaction chamber. When used properly UV Sterilizers significantly reduce the chance of encountering disease or algae outbreaks.
Pentair Aquatics UV Sterilizers are superior 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.
- Pentair Aquatics is trusted by zoos, universities and public aquariums including Duke University, Monterey Bay Aquarium, SeaWorld, Georgia Aquarium, USDA Agricultural Research
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.
Suggested Aquarium Size: 260 gallon or less
- Minimum Operational Flow Rate: 157 GPH
- Maximum Operational Flow Rate: 262 GPH
- Max Aquarium Size: 260 Gallons
- Number of Lamps: 1
- Algae & Bacteria Water Flow Rate: 943GPH/1574GPH (Suggested*/Maximum)
- Protozoa Bacteria Water Flow Rate: 157GPH/262GPH (Suggested*/Maximum)
- Input Watts: 40 watts
- UV-C Output Watts: 14 watts
- UV Body Length: 43.75"
- UV Body Diameter: 3.5"
- Inlet/Outlet Size: 1.5" PVC Unions
|Model||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||Dimensions (Inches)||Inlet/Outlet|
|Smart UV 40||260 Gallons||1/40||943 GPH/1574 GPH||157 GPH/262 GPH||40||43.75" x 3.5"||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
Faulty unit, worse customer service By Brandon on 4/27/2020Brandon wouldn't recommend this product to a friendAfter now recieving 4 replacment ballasts and a new bulb directly from Pentair this unit STILL will not function properly. every unit will trip the GFCI outlet. been dealing with pentair customer service for 4 months now still with no resolution and BRS refuses to return/refund the item. Search online and you can find countless other stories of the exact same issue of non-functioning ballasts on all models, not just the 40W.
Next time ill do more research before blindly trusting a BRS paid advertisement, i mean "video"
Works as Advertised By Peter on 3/18/2020Peter would recommend this product to a friendRecently purchased I have a 4 month old 220 waterbox aquarium. I have an ich outbreak so I have quarantined all my fish at the same time as installing the UV. I probably should have purchased this in the beginning. I run a Core 20 return pump and have the skimmer connected to the manifold. I ran it at 156 gph for the first two days the water was noticably crystal clear within 48 hours. Since I had a good size cyno breakout I decided to fully open the manifold valve and now get a flow rate of about 475 gph. It's been 10 days and most of the cyno is gone (I realize the recommended flow rate is over 900 but I would have to purchase another pump and the lower flow rate is actually getting the job done.it was fairly easy to install and there are a few videos online that are helpful.
well made and very much worth the money By Cody on 11/2/2018Cody would recommend this product to a friendIn my opinion sterilizers are worth the money if done correctly by removing protozoa and algae spores. I have seen great results with the sterilizer and has worked wonders for me
stopped working after 24 months By Stephen on 10/26/2018Stephen wouldn't recommend this product to a friendwaste of money stopped working after 24 months, no bulb replacements
Keeping it clean By Walter’s Madness on 10/2/2018Walter’s Madness would recommend this product to a friendKeeping it clean And this what will do it !
Bacteria Bloom By Andrew on 9/8/2018Andrew would recommend this product to a friendUsed this for a bacteria bloom on a 200 gallon system, with in 14 hours almost completely cleared up the bloom
Took before & after pics but couldn't figure out how to upload them
Not for use inside By Paul Taylor on 3/19/2018Paul Taylor wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI had one of these on a beautiful reef tank and the plastic housing decomposed from the light and cracked sending the contents of my sump onto my hardwood floor and into the basement, cost me my beautiful tank and thousands in corals and repair costs.
We made beast! By Andy on 3/6/2018Andy would recommend this product to a friendBeen running on my 150g reef tank for a couple of week. Very well made and huge. Have it standing on the floor as it is too big to be underneath. Hard to believe those little twisty green machines could have any effect when you compare them to this. The water has a tremendous exposure time to the uv bulb, and tank water s crystal clear. Im winning the dino battle too! 75% resolved
its ok By thegreatga on 12/22/2015thegreatga would recommend this product to a friendI purchased this product for my fresh water planted aquarium. Current I have a coralife uv sterilizer, and before that some chinese made thing. So with that experience let me begin my expert review. First off, this thing is large, by large I mean huge. it consumes nearly my entire length of my 4' stand. Second thing I've noticed is the construction seems sloppy. Excessive glue marks and material casting marks makes we think it was assembled as fast as possible and was attempting to reach a certain price to performance mark. Engineering for the device seems like tempting fate. The quartz sleeve has 2 orings that seel it, however nice that sounds historically when placing 2 orings together bad things happen. The first long large and thick o-ring that compresses onto a normal round oring must be compressed evenly and only to a certain compression. I feel that the normal round oring shouldn't be needed or should be engineered out. But, it doesn't leak so I won't try to reinvent the wheel. Further inspection reveals a basic interior surrounding the bulb and quartz sleeve. With other UV sterilizers after a long period of time i've noticed that the plastic exposed to light brakes down, releasing a black powder to the aquarium. Its easily noticed when you put your finger into the unit and pull it out resulting in black carbon substance on your finger. Most cheap plastics don't handle uv light very well. I feel that a mirror finish or some special UV resistance coating inside of the unit would help, but time will tell if it holds up or breaks donw. Furthermore, with my coralife unit it has a insert that spirals around the internal quartz sleeve, forcing the water to circulate around the bulb longer, increasing expsoure time while not decreasing flow rate. Water in the emporer UV sterilizer makes 1 path the length of the tube, while the coralife makes several loops around the diameter of the tube. The transparent tubes on both ends of the emporer sterilzer helps let you know when its on. Another thing that could be considered a good thing or a bad thing (I consider bad) is the excessive long cord, the cord from the power supply to the sterilizer is 20 feet long!!!! I only need a good 6-8, not 20. Now I have to wind it up, and I think it causes unecessary stress on the power supply. Overal I feel that the unit is a good purchase, and I hope it proves true. I also purchased one for salt water aquarium, but only a smaller size. I also find it sad that a set of brackets are not included. I had to pick up a couple conduit brackets from my local store to make it look nice.
Great Product By Shawn on 10/26/2015Shawn would recommend this product to a friendThis thing is big, but very easy to set up. Been up and running for two weeks now and everything looks great. Comes with everything you need for input and output connections. Just need a pump and tubing. I went with the Sicce Syncra 1.5. The hose barbs are 1" so if you want smaller you'll need to get reducer bushings and smaller barbs. Would definitely recommend this product.
Water is crystal clear By Michael on 5/30/2015Michael would recommend this product to a friendAfter several months of battling a marine ich outbreak I finally got is cleared from my tank and all inhabitants are free of disease. I purchased the Emperor Aquatics Smart UV 40 watt as an insurance policy to help reduce potential for future outbreaks. This is not a guarantee, strict quarantine protocols still need to be followed. I have been very pleased with results, Unit is extremely well made and large. Size helps maximize UV exposure time. Water had always seemed clear to me, but in very short time the improvement was evident. Now crystal clear and everything is healthy. My Powder Blue Tang has never looked better.
Excellent By Greg on 2/3/2015Greg would recommend this product to a friendI purchased this thinking it was an insurance policy on ICK....I was amazed at the water clarity and lack of any algae in my tank. I have since upgraded to a 300 gallon display and will be running (2) 40 watt. I will be soon be ordering another one
I have the unit mounted horizontally with the input and outlet positioned downward. But the chamber only fills 1/4 of the way with water. Is this correct, or should it be filled all the way. Or do I have it positioned incorrectly? Not enough room to position vertically
You will always want to position or plumb the outlet so that the water will fill the reaction chamber completely. The outlet should be at the highest point possible. If you are unable to point the outlet up, you should plumb the outlet so that is goes above the UV reactor in order to prevent the chamber from emptying.
Hello, does your 1.5" union ( SKU 202522) fit the threaded flange on the pentair aquatics smart uv 40 watt (SKU 204905)? I plumbed a 1/2" reducer into the inlet/outlet, attached a sicce 1.5 and noticed the max flow is 80 GPH per my neptune 1/2" flow sensor. I need to re-plumb to 3/4" to see if I can increase to the recommended flow. Sorry if this is a duplicate question. I submitted a question last night, but don't remember adding my email address, so that is why I'm posting the question again. Thank you.
Unfortunately our unions will not fit the Pentair UV units. You will need to reach out to them to see if you can obtain a replacement directly.
They can be reached at 1-877-347-4788 or DLUSAPOReturns@Pentair.com
I hope this helps!
What is the difference between this 40 watt uv and the other 40 watt smart uv. Why is this rated higher per gallon then the other?
The difference will come down to flow through the chamber as well as overall size.Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Does this setup come with every thing I need for a complete installation or do I need to purchase other items as well such as an additional pump and plumbing?
Which sicce model do you reccomend for the smart uv 40 watt? Thanks!
The sicce 1.0 will work well with no head height. From there if there is back pressure or head height restricting the pump we recommend the sicce 1.5
Can I get it with 210V AC ADAPTER?
All of our products are intended for use in North America and will not come with 210V adapters. For international orders you will want to contact the manufacturer directly. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
I thought you need to plumb the UV so that ALL water returning to tank from sump should flow through the Unit. But all of the set ups I have seen on You Tube show the UV being fed from separate pump in sump with water flowing through the UV and back to the sump? Doesn't sump-to-sump set up significantly decrease the effectiveness of the UV?
With these UV sterilizers in particular they will run on slower flow rates and increased water contact time. In most cases you will not need to return the water up to the tank but simply by drawing the water from an earlier section in the sump to a later section of the sump will improve performance. While ideally a full UV sterilizer could work the current set up with a feed pump works great on al of our units! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Can the output be sized down to a 1/2” so I could use the apex 1/2” flow sensor?
It can be reduced but not recommended. That would drastically effect the flow rate by reducing more than 50%, putting a ton of back pressure on your pump.
I'm curious to know if 40 watts is too much for 150 gallon reef tank? Can you have too much wattage to gallons? I just want to make sure anything that passes through it gets nuked. Let me know what you think.
Do this unit comes with any type of holders at all and can i change my inlet/outlet to 1/2 inch, thanks
You can definitely reduce those fittings to meet your needs! :-)
I've read that UV sterilizers can kill copepods and other beneficial critters, is that true? And if so can I run a UV sterilizer at a higher flow to keep algea at bay but not kill the good guys?
Replacement bulbs ?
Thanks for getting in touch with us in regards to replacement 40W bulbs for your UV sterilizer. Below I have included a link to the product that you are looking for. Please let me know if there is anything else that we can assist with. Thanks!
Can this be installed using an existing manifold?
This certainly can be used with existing manifolds very easily. The unit will come with appropriate barb fittings to connect to 3/4" soft tubing. additionally you can use hard plumbing to connect the sterilizer. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Does BRS sell the bracket (clamp) to secure the UV sterilizer ?
What size pump would you use ? 180 gallon sps ....
We have had great luck with the Sicce Syncra Silent 1.5. This pump is a little over-sized however by the time it is plumbed in the flow will be reduced. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!