All home turtle keepers know the struggle of keeping your pet clean. How do you remove algae, bacteria, and other impurities from the water? Fortunately, there’s a solution: UV sterilizer in a turtle tank filter system.
A UV sterilizer is an inexpensive but effective way to sanitize your turtle tank and keep it from getting dirty. But before you read any further, let’s take a look at its pros and cons so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to use one for your turtle tank.
Is UV sterilizer safe for turtles?
Free of chemicals, UV sterilizers are safe for turtles. The concern with using a UV sterilizer is that it could harm your turtle’s health if the light is too powerful or if you forget to turn off the filter when it’s not in use. If you do decide to go ahead and purchase a UV sterilizer, make sure that it has an automatic shut-off feature so you don’t accidentally leave your turtle in the tank when it’s not needed.
Can I leave a UV sterilizer on all the time?
No, UV sterilizers need to be turned on and off. They are designed to kill bacteria and other undesirable organisms when they are in use and then shut off so that the water can cycle through the tank.
Do aquarium UV sterilizers actually work?
The answer is yes.
UV sterilizers are proven to work, since they’re an affordable and effective way to sanitize your turtle tank. But while they’re effective, they aren’t the only way to get your turtle tank clean. There are other methods that are just as good.
Does UV sterilizer affect pH?
UV sterilizers are designed to be used in turtle tanks, but they are not designed to affect pH levels. This means that the UV sterilizer shouldn’t change the pH level of your turtle tank water. If you notice that your water is more acidic, it could be because you haven’t added enough aquarium salt or there may have been algae growing in your tank.