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Re: [Killietalk] UV irradiation ... WAS ... Flow thru systems
Stony corals don't need planktonic bacteria, but probably could benefit from
UV by lowering their exposure to planktonic microbes they don't need. On the
other hand, many sponges thrive on bacteria. UV is especially valuable in a
reef tank that has fishes, and there aren't any better ways to interfere with
fish disease transmission without damaging the inverts. Finally, UV won't change
the total bacterial count, but merely lower planktonic microbes while use of
the same nutrients are now shifted to the non-planktonic microbes (mostly on
surfaces) that don't pass through the UV unit. Foods have to be used by
something, somewhere; they cannot just sit there and not decompose. Bacteria or fungi
(and others) will use and degrade the wastes with or without UV.
Robert J. Goldstein, Ph.D.
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