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In-Line UV Sterilizer 5W - IL5UV

In-Line UV Sterilizer 5W - IL5UV
Product code: IL5-UV
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Features and Specifications:
AQUATOP’S specially designed In-Line Ultraviolet Sterilizer maximizes UV exposure in a compact, easy-to-install unit. The IL5-UV multifunctional UV sterilizers can be installed in-line or as a hang-on unit. Simply connect to a water pump, power head, or on the return line of a canister filter. The IL-UV Series includes a replaceable UV-C Lamp, barbed fittings and is suitable for both fresh and saltwater use. AQUATOP’S IL-UV Series clarifies and sterilizes aquarium water, providing clear and healthy water so your aquatic creatures to thrive!

In line UV sterlizers are a perfect add on for traditional canister filters. Just plug into the tube and you have the latest UV sterilizer built into your aquarium system. The UV sterilizer will keep your aquarium fish tank water clean and reduce cleaning time.

How Does An In-line Sterilizer Work?

Water traveling through the IL-UV Series is exposed to UV-C light, known as germicidal- grade UV light. The result is clean, crystal clear aquarium water.
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Questions and Answers:
By Miguel from USA on June 25, 2012
Hi, i just bought a IL5-UV, and i want to know how long, or how many hours Il5-uv should be turned on in order to kill virus and bacterias. how many hours is recommended to have turned on the IL5-UV to have a water free of virus and bacterias ?. thanks for your answer
By Customer Service on June 29, 2012

Hello Miguel,

We have received your recent product inquiry regarding an IL5-UV and the recommended operating time required to eliminate viruses and bacteria.

Good Question!

We recommend running the unit for a minimum of 24 hours.

If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to ask.

By Laura-Ann from NJ on December 30, 2012
does this HAVE to be submerged? can it be run on the outside of the tank?
By Customer Service on January 4, 2013

Hello Laura,
The IL5-UV in-line sterilizer is primarily designed to be incorporated into the output tube of a canister filter. However, the unit comes with the necessary pieces that will allow the IL5 to be used with an appropriate powerhead, which would make it a submersible unit.

By Scott from Stockton, California on January 20, 2013
I have both a 50 gal salt and a 50 gal fresh tanks, and I have in the past problems with paracites. Will the in line uv sterilizer kill off paracite?
By Customer Service on January 22, 2013

Hello Scott,
The IL5-UV in-line sterilizer will be an effective addition to your current tank setup. We recommend going with our IL10-UV to better target free-floating pathogens. The IL series of inline sterilizers is designed to help control free-floating algae blooms and parasites. Different parasites require different exposure times to UV light and the way to increase exposure time is by slowing the flow rate or increasing wattage, or both. Assuming you will install this unit into a canister filter return line, it is advisable to go with the higher power 10 watt unit. The IL10-UV will give you twice the kill power of its little brother the IL5-UV. Only free-floating micro organisms/parasites will come into contact with the UV light. The UV will control only what passes by the bulb. Additional measures may be needed for parasites on plants, aquarium walls, or in the substrate. In summary, the inline sterilizer will help against parasites but the exposure time to the UV light will ultimately decide how effective the unit is. Customers have reported almost immediate results in water clarity and a few customers have said that the UV has really helped out in eradicating free-floating parasites in tanks that are infected

Thank you
#707 BW/MA

By mark from ma on January 26, 2013
i have a 200 gallon tank . Do you sell a in- line uv sterilizer for this tank?
By Customer Service on January 31, 2013

Hello Mark,
Our Eliminator series of Inline UV sterilizers would be a great fit for your 200-gallon tank. The 18-watt model,, can handle flow rates from 750 GPH and up and offers plenty of zapping power with an 18-watt bulb.
Thank you,
#719 BW/MA

By Jana from Chicago,Illinois on August 5, 2012
Hi ,
I have Aquatop filter CF-300 no uv lamp.I would like to add one.Is it possible to add inside of my filter?What type of lamp I have to buy to fit it?Do I need extra accesories?
Thank You
By Customer Service on August 6, 2012

Hello Jana,

we have received your recent product inquiry regarding the use of a UV lamp in conjunction with a CF300 canister filter. A UV lamp cannot be installed inside a CF300. We offer many types of UV units. There are submersible units with motors which are installed inside of the aquarium or an aquarium's sump box. The are units without motor which can be hooked up to a powerhead or the intake of a Hang-on Back filter. And there are in-line types which are externally installed into a run of plumbing such as the return plumbing of a canister filter. All the necessary parts for installation are included with all the UV units we sell.

Submersible UV units with a motor are the easiest to use and maintain but they take space inside of an aquarium or filter system. In-line units are nice because they are installed externally.

Deepening on the size for your aquarium and they type of aquatic creatures you keep we recommend the use of an IL5-UV or an IL10-UV for your CF300. Either unit can be found at the link below.

Replacement UV lamps can be found at the link below.

If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to ask.

By Kevin from Thorold, ON Canada on January 29, 2013
Just purchased the IL-5W UV Filter but realized that the product states that the max flow is 105 GPH !

I want to know considering i only have a 20 gallon tank but with a marineland Cannister filter C-160 (160 GPH) am I going to have an issue ? Will i end up with pressure or seal problems in the cannister filter due to the "extra" flow rate over the max of this 5W model ? Has anyone else tried setting up this unit with a higher flow cannister filter and had any issues ?

My only other option due to cost is to purchase the 10 Watt model and pay big shipping fees again. I'd rather not if this will work.

What is the realistics values for the 5 Watt model for flow rates and bacteria kill rates.
By Customer Service on January 31, 2013

Hello Kevin,
The IL5-UV aquarium filter can handle flow rates exceeding 270 GPH. You will have no back pressure or adverse stress problems running the IL5-UV in conjunction with your C-160 filter. The idea behind the 105 max flow rate recommendation is to ensure a sufficient dwell time for water in the UV chamber. As far as whether there are adverse effects to running a 5-watt unit with a higher than recommended flow rate, there are no mechanical adverse effects that will affect the operation of the filter or sterilizer. The only ‘negative’ impact is a lower dwell time that will be less effective at killing stronger parasites.
For algae control, there will be no decreased effectiveness.

Thank you,
#727 BW/MA

By Phil from Anderso. on April 9, 2012
How large of a fresh water tank will it handle. Thanks

By Customer Service on April 9, 2012

Greetings Phil,

The IL5-UV In-Line UV Sterilizer has a freshwater capacity up to 150 gallons. The maximum flow rate of this unit is 105GPH. At this flow rate the unit will not only kill free-floating algae but kill free-floating parasites such as Ich.

If there is anything further we can do for you please let us know.

Product Reviews:
In-Line UV Sterilizer 5W - IL5UV
4 Stars based on 5 Review(s)
Does a great job.
September 5, 2013
Had some leakage tryin to put together. It would have been better with clearer instructions. But thanks be to Jesus it leaked no more. Working like a charm. Tank looks amazing.
No joke.
Better instructions.

Glendale, New york
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Performs well, great for the price
May 23, 2013
While not perfect, you could replace it every few years if it doesn't hold up. However, its made of sturdy material, no leaks and comes with a variety of hose fittings. The bracket was useless, wore out while figuring out how it works. No biggy, a standard metal 1 1/2" clamp from hardware store fits perfect or you could easily use velcro or zip ties. The bulb in my unit My burned out 2 seconds after plugging it in, but i ordered an extra with it so I swapped. Tru Aqua took care of it and all is good now. Mine is inline an Eheim canister on a 20 gallon tank. no algae or sign of any diseases. i highly recommend for the price.
Economy, it works! Traqua ships very fast
Plastic clamp

Chris p
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Good But not Perfect
February 25, 2013
I have had an In-Line UV Sterilizer 5W - IL5UV for about two years both of them stop working because the glass around the light has cracked and broke. I left it for about a month without fixing it. Then I noticed a white fungus on my fish so bad it completely covered one eye. Finely replaced the In-Line UV Sterilizer 5W - IL5UV & with some fungus tablets it's all cleared up now. Cleaning the In-Line UV Sterilizer 5W - IL5UV requires taking the lines lose which can cause a big mess. Bottom line; if you want to keep your fish healthy & happy this really does help.
Quiet, Effective
Messy To Clean, Not Durable
Best Uses:
Tropical Fish, Small Tanks

Wichita, KS.
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Killed Algae Bloom
March 5, 2012
I had an algae bloom in a 56 gallon aquarium that I could not clear up after several weeks and many water changes. The 5W UV Sterilizer made my water crystal clear after running it for four days with a couple of water changes. I don't know if this product is an effective sterilizer, but it certainly clears up free floating algae.
Effective, Quiet
Best Uses:
Large Tanks, Tropical Fish

Aurora, CO
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Very innovative design
August 18, 2011
I have a canister external filter and want to add some UV sterilizer. This unit is perfect, easy plug and play, runs quite and effective, my water is crystal clear next morning.
Quiet, Easy To Clean, Durable, Effective
Best Uses:
Work with canister filter, Large Tanks, Small Tanks, Tropical Fish

San Francisco, CA
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.