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Thread: Savio Uvinex Airlift Manifold

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    Tosai
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    Savio Uvinex Airlift Manifold

    I may be jumping ahead of myself here, but I am sure some of you out there have realized that one of the downfalls to using airlift technology is that you are trying to eliminate as much resistance to flow as possible, so incorporating a UV light has proven to be difficult. The only product that I know of that has a stand alone UV light has been the Savio Uvinex Clarifiers that are incorporated into their skimmers. The main downfall to that is that you must own a Savio Skimmer to use them.

    Well not any more!!!! I just made this yesterday and tested it this morning.






    Unfortunately the screws that came with the Uvinex system were not long enough to grab the 3" elbow, so I will be getting some today to hold the thing in place.

    I have just returned from a cruise last week and came home to one of my 10' tanks with a bit of an algae bloom, so it will be my testing grounds. It has one of my 3" airlift manifolds, that sucks water from one of my Pre-Production Multi-Chambered filters, and is flowing around 2500 gph. I am using a 50 watt Uvinex system and we will see how long it takes to clear the water. It should look pretty cool at night when it is running because the water exiting the airlift will be glowing ultra violetly...If that is a word!

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    video?

    hi

    do you have a video of this in action? youtube or otherwise?

    thanks

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    Zac, I like the way you think And night video would be come kind of

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamrock View Post
    hi

    do you have a video of this in action? youtube or otherwise?

    thanks

    hahaha Yeah I was going to take a picture of it tonight but maybe I will get a video as well!

    Stay tuned!

    Zac

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    a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth...

    great! look forward to it. videos is where it's at. i love home-made gadgets that actually work ;D

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    Sorry the video doesn't work at night but these pictures are pretty darn cool!!!!!








    Pretty cool huh?
    Zac

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    sludge

    hey,

    that DOES look cool. make sure you keep your koi happy or else they'll get angry...and "you won't like me when i'm angry..." (hulk?)

    anyhow, looks great. job well done. awaiting videos now *if* possible ;D

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    Video of the airlift running

    It is a crappy video, but it gives you the visual you guys were asking for. This is a 3" airlift, and is flowing around 2500 gph.



    Zac

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    Zac,

    Very cool!

    I do have some questions. You stated that the pipe is of a 3"dia and that your moving 2500gpm.

    With that said, your velocity of the water within the pipe is moving @5.67ft/second. Thats not including the displaced space within the pipe for the UV light.

    For UV light to be an effective germacide (genetic alteration) against algae, you need an exposure of 22,000-30,000 microwatt seconds/cm*Sq. Hence you may want to slow the flow down a bit. How are you determining flow? How long in the exposure? (seconds or distance will work).

    Motown

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    That was 2500 gpH

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