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Ozone airpump in aquarium good or bad?
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PostPosted: 2005.05.01(Sun)9:23    Post subject: Ozone airpump in aquarium good or bad? Reply with quote

What would happen if you use an ozone air pump with an airstone and set it into the tank periodically? Ozone I understand disinfects and sterilizes water. Would that kill off the good bacteria in the tank or just purify the water?
I have seen Ozone units and they say for aquarium use. I have never seen or heard of anyone using one for an aquarium before.

Any info would be appreciated.
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PostPosted: 2005.05.01(Sun)9:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

baaaaaad idea. Ozone is O3 - oxygen with an extra single molecule of oxygen attached. Ozone works because it is a strong oxidizer - it gives up that extra molecule of oxygen very easily to bond with other molecules. O3 binds with the outer membrane of pathogens and bacteria and disrupts their outer layer. If it is directly introduced into the aquarium, it will burn the delicate gills of the fish.

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PostPosted: 2005.05.01(Sun)9:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks very much for that information! What if you were to pretreat the water with the ozone before putting it into the aquarium, would that still have the same ill effect?
I am not wanting to use the ozone pump for my tanks, I just want to know what they are used for if they say for aquarium use, I was curious if there was any useful benefit to having one.
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PostPosted: 2005.05.01(Sun)10:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

There is a difference between introducing ozone directly into the aquarium via an airstone and using it properly in a sump. Owners of reef aquariums are the folks who use ozoners. An ozoner not only requires post treatment via carbon, but also requirers a controller which controls the amount of ozone injected.

If you wish to use ozone you will need to read up on the subject matter for specifics. Check out the reef aquarium sites and forums for all the details.

best of luck,
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PostPosted: 2005.05.01(Sun)10:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, sounds like too much hassle for something that I really don't seem to need. I appreciate your info Smile
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