Smart High Output 50 Watt UV Sterilizer - 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 High Output UV series features a compact space saving design which utilizes a 5" 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: 330 gallons or less
- Minimum Operational Flow Rate: 260 GPH
- Maximum Operational Flow Rate: 1980 GPH
- Max Aquarium Size: 330 Gallons
- Number of Lamps: 1
- Algae & Bacteria Water Flow Rate: 1560GPH/1980GPH (Suggested*/Maximum)
- Protozoa Bacteria Water Flow Rate: 260GPH/330GPH (Suggested*/Maximum)
- Input Watts: 50 watts
- UV-C Output Watts: 16 watts
- UV Body Length: 30"
- UV Body Diameter: 6"
- Inlet/Outlet Size: 2" 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 HO UV 50||330 Gallons||1/50||1560 GPH/1980 GPH||260 GPH/330 GPH||50||30" x 6"||2" 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
|Product Name||Smart High Output 50 Watt UV Sterilizer - Pentair Aquatics|
The difference between the lite and the standard is the diameter of the reaction chamber. The lite models are thinner, take a bit less space but because of the decreased diameter, have decreased contact time and are thus not as effective at treating as large of tanks. The high output models just happen to use a bulb that has a higher output wattage and is just basically a designation of the bulb/ballast type. For a 135g tank any of the above would suffice, though my preference is for the 40w standard model as you get a significant performance bump for just a few dollars.
The suggested aquarium Size is 480 gallon or less. None of our products are designed for outdoor use.
Thank you for reaching out with your question. The housing on the Pentair UV sterilizer is made of PVC.
Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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