AAP/TMC Vecton, Titan, Advantage
|TMC Ultraviolet Sterilizer Models & Parts:|
Vecton-2: V2 200 8 Watt PRO UV
Vecton-6: V2 600 25 Watt PRO UV
Vecton-5: Titan 550 15 Watt PRO UV
Vecton-8: Titan 850 25 Watt PRO UV
8 & 25 Watt Pond Advantage Pro Ultraviolet Clarifier/Sterilizer
Pro Clear Ultima 30: High Dwell Time Pond UV|
Pro Clear Ultima 55: High Dwell Time Pond UV
110 Watt HO PRO UV Clarifier/Sterilizer
TMC UV Parts
Installation TIPs, Troubleshooting
The Tropic Marine Centre Pond & Aquarium TRUE UV Sterilizers feature solid construction. Built by a company long recognized by aquarium maintenance professionals as an industry leader in its innovation & quality of products (our founder's large aquarium maintenance company has used these UVs in 100s of applications with superior results and zero issues when installed correctly).
THESE CATEGORY 'A' STERILIZERS HAVE THE HIGHEST DWELL TIME OF ANY COMPARABLE BRAND UV STERILIZER!
As well, these UV Clarifiers are built with low pressure, high output UV-C bulbs, which has maximize water contact/dwell time. Unlike many comparable high priced units.
New LOWER prices from the UV Sterilizer Experts here at American Aquarium Products;
North Americas Largest Seller of TMC UVs!
Many pond UV Clarifier/Sterilizers currently on the market come with high price tags for features such as wipers, which do little to improve UV Sterilization (& often break quickly). When one considers a UV should be serviced every six months in the first place (wipers do little for the main problem that needs servicing; calcium buildup).
As well, ALL models of TMC UVs are quite simple to change the UV Lamp. In most cases, the housing opens with the removal of a few screws & the bulb easily slide out of the quartz sleeve.
Know that when you purchase a UV Sterilizer/Clarifier from us whether the TMC, Terminator, or others, which recommendations are based off real world experience & facts not manufacturer claims based on perfect conditions that due not exist in an aquarium or pond.
VIDEO: Best Aquarium and Pond UV Sterilizer for the Price
How Aquarium, Pond UV Sterilizers Work | UVC Sterilization
TMC Vecton UV Sterilizer/Clarifier Features:
The new Vecton UV sterilizers by Tropic Marine Center offers a new easy and convenient way to utilize the benefits of Ultraviolet Sterilization on smaller aquarium systems.
The new design is lightweight and easily attaches to a wall or cabinetry.
PLEASE NOTE!! The use of Surge Protector can make starting a HO UV difficult (such as the Vecton & Advantage).
As well, some surge protectors can damage certain HO electronic ballasts that require a voltage over 500 watts to start (which includes some TMC models), this can permanently damage your unit, so do not use!
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Vecton-6: V2 600 25 Watt - $289.99 (Special) Jump to Shopping Cart
New Titan UV - Photocatalytically Enhanced Aquarium UV Sterilizer: Vecton Titan: 550 15 Watt - $249.99
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The Vecton Titan UV has been produced using specially selected photocatalytic material. The photocatalytic reaction provides a safer alternative to ozone for even cleaner water. Thanks to this Titan UV technology, the Vecton Titan UV is 1.3 times more effective than a standard UV sterilizer, making it more energy efficient. The photocatalytic lining also protects and further improves the lifespan of the high UV resistant plastic body. As with the rest of the award winning Vecton UV range; the Vecton Titan UV is designed with opposing inlet and outlet and comes with four stage hosetails for flexible hose from ½ to 1Ό for easy installation and connection to the water supply. These are held in place with screw on collars for easy removal when servicing and maintaining unit. There is a UV shield to prevent direct viewing of the UV lamp and the body is manufactured using impact resistant, translucent polycarbonate. Also included is an elbow connection, instruction manual, and a 3-year guarantee.
The enhanced body of the Titan sterilizer allows for about a 30% increase efficiency over the Vecton V2 Model. The photocatalytic lining of the chamber is more reflective creating a higher kill rate towards the outter side of the UV chamber walls. The lining also creates a reaction with the UVc that produces Ozone, which also increases the kill rate of the sterilizer.
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Vecton Titan: 850 25 Watt - $309.99 Jump to Shopping Cart
Please read our FULL TIPS SECTION prior to installation (or purchase) for hassles free installation.
Please READ these Flow Calculations for how we arrive at our flow and aquarium size calculations.
We go by these calculations NOT what any manufacture claims on their box! In the case of TMC and many other manufactures, they tend to over rate their UV clarification abilities. While for Sterilization, TMC in particular tends to rate the tank size per Vecton UV for level two Sterilization (albeit a little high here as well), NOT level one!
On most UVs these numbers which, while not perfect, and assume a few parameters such as low water turbidity and proper spacing between lamp/sleeve & inside wall of the UV, has proven over the years to be highly accurate for the author of the above cited article (Carl Strohmeyer). For us to change this formula to fit certain manufacturer sizing recommendations as some have asked would be highly dishonest for us to do.
Flow rates are based on actual flow rates after Head Pressure is factored in.
TMC Advantage UV Sterilizer/Clarifier Features:
The same basic design as the TMC V2 Vecton UV8, UV15 & UV25. Also made by Tropic Marine Center, except with a more weather resistant/durable "shell", making this a more weather resistant UV than its "sister" UV.
As well, the 8/15/25 Watt Pond Advantage hold a larger water volume capacity for better clarification dwell time properties, although slightly lower Sterilization properties for a given flow rate as well as aquarium size than the Vecton (the Vecton can be used in Pond Applications too, and in fact it does have better sterilization properties, but it should be placed in an enclosure near the pond to better protect from weather/sprinklers).
However, while primarily designed as pond UV Clarifiers, the Advantage UVs are still usable for aquariums with still higher sterilization properties than all Compact UVs often marketed by discounters for aquariums or ponds if run at lower flow rates. If used for aquariums, we suggest matching the tank size as per our Vecton numbers and then using a factor of 80% (as an example this would make the Advantage UV8 50- 80 gallon aquarium capable)
Excellent for Hydroponics applications along with the UV30 and UV110 further below on this web page.
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However, we recommend a maximum of 520 gph (after head pressure is figured) based on optimum flow calculations (60-65 gph per watt). As well, this UV for a maximum pond size of 1200 gallons based on a minimum turnover rate of once per three hours or less.
With a more efficient flow design than ANY popular Compact UV Clarifier.
Due to 2014 USA Dept. of Energy Regulation on Magnetic Ballasts this model is currently unavailable indefinitely.
HOWEVER consider the Vecton 600 which allows for up to 1500 gph for clarification flow and only need slightly better protection from elements/weather than the Advantage UV.
Or consider the superior Pro Clear Ultima 30 or 55 below.
However, we recommend a maximum of 1500 gph (after head Pressure is figured) based on optimum flow calculations (60-65 gph per watt), as well I would recommend this UV for a maximum pond size of 3750 gallons based on a minimum turnover rate of once per three hours or less.
As well, the 25 watt can used for larger yet Ponds by utilizing 2 or more. For example two 25 Watt TMC Clarifiers can handle a 7000-9000 gallon pond.
This is most efficiently performed by utilizing separate intake and returns for optimum pond flow circulation patterns or by splitting the return of for example a 3000 gph pump into two returns each with a 25 Watt Advantage UV.
With a more efficient flow design than ANY popular Compact UV Sterilizer.
Further Information about the Pond Advantage:
(See the "TIPS" section for more about set up & maintenance)
TMC Pro Clear Ultima 30- 30 Watt Professional Pond UV Clarifier & Sterilizer -
TMC Pro Clear Ultima 55- 55 Watt Professional Pond UV Clarifier & Sterilizer - $449.99
The 30 Watt Model is the SAME Dwell time as TWO Pond Advantage 15 Watt placed end to end, yet at a lower price (UV15 x two =$311.98 versus $275.99)
Both 30 & 55 Watt models may also be used for hydroponics systems & larger aquariums
No UV Sterilizer at ANY price has a higher dwell time as well as UVC exposure watt per watt of input energy, with the 30 watt generally out performing 40 & 50 Watt UVs & the 55 watt model outperforming 80 watt UVs of other brands using much shorter lower dwell time T5 UV lamps!
In other words the highest efficiency, highest dwell time UV Sterilizer/Clarifiers in its class
See: UV Sterilization- Dwell Time Test between UVs
However we recommend a maximum of 2100 gph flow (after head pressure is figured) based on optimum flow calculations (70 gph per watt), as well I would recommend this UV for a maximum pond size of 6000 gallons based on a minimum turnover rate of once per three hours or less.
However we recommend a maximum of 3800 gph flow (after head pressure is figured) based on optimum flow calculations (70 gph per watt), as well I would recommend this UV for a maximum pond size of 10000 gallons based on a minimum turnover rate of once per three hours or less.
TMC/AAP High Output 110 Watt Professional Large Pond/Aquarium UV Sterilizer/Clarifier- $549.99 (Special!!!)
The is NO BETTER UV Sterilizer/Clarifier in its class at ANY PRICE! Compares favorably to the Aqua 114 UV with higher dwell time for the AAP/TMC!
Only available in the lower 48 USA via UPS (no PO box) due to shipping issues and expenses elsewhere.
Please contact us for air shipping or special shipping to other locations.
Standard Shipping recommended, otherwise if default Economy or Postal Shipping is chosen, there is is no shipping guarantee (BUYER THEN ASSUMES RESPONSIBILITY for any shipping damage with Economy or Postal International).
PLEASE ALSO NOTE that the 110 Watt UV (along with the 30 & 55 Watt Models) are too heavy to ship via Standard 2 or 3 Day air without a special quote (often well over $100 usd). As an example, If 2 Day air is chosen, we will send a bill for the difference or ship via 3 Day Air.
Aqua Pond UV vs TMC AAP Pond UV Clarifier Sterilizer
Since this is a PROFESSIONAL heavy duty professional model UV sterilizer, we also recommend that it to be hard plumbed either via 2" or Metric 63 mm PVC this can also be stepped down to 1.5" pvc after the connection (this hard plumbed method with a quick disconnect is preferred from Carl's extensive experience).
The use of 1.5" heavy duty flexible tubing using the supplied 1.5" hose barbs is another option.
If you are not reasonably handy with such installations, hiring a professional might be necessary (as it's impossible for our staff to be able to help with a unique installation).
Please consider this prior to purchase as we have had some damage the UV during installation (our professional maintenance companies has installed 100s of this product without an issue yet).
The TMC 110 PRO UV Sterilizer/Clarifier now includes two 1.5 inch hose barbs for more simple vinyl tubing installations, these fit and GLUE (with PVC Cement) inside the inlet/outlet ports.
Please note that the SAE (2) inch pvc fitting is in the inner part of the inlet/outlet ports while the Metric 63 mm pvc fitting is in the outer part of the inlet/outlet ports. This is to allow for universal fitting in both USA & Canada (as well as the rest of the world).
As well, the use of PVC pipe in these fittings is required for best results.
Another suggestion is to utilize a (2) inch union for easy disconnect such as the slip by slip union pictured to the right (a threaded union can also be utilized).
Not included- sold at plumbing supply stores.
This is especially helpful in hard-plumb applications, although the use of the hose barbs makes this suggestion less necessary in our opinion.
Lamp Contact with Cable for Vecton or Pond Advantage (each)- $5.49
*Models; 15, 25, 30, 55, & 110 watt UV Sterilizers OR
*Model; 8 Watt Vecton
Lock Nut & O-Rings - $5.49
For TMC Pro Pond 30 & 110 Watt UV Sterilizer
Fuse - $1.99
For TMC Pro Pond 55 & 110 Watt UV Sterilizer
TMC 110 UV Sterilizer 1.5 inch Hose Barbs SET - $7.99
For TMC 110 Watt UV Sterilizer (included with 110 watt UV Sterilizer)
TMC 8, 15, 25 UV Sterilizer Hose Barb Kit Set - $15.99
Included with 15, 25 Advantage UV Sterilizers & all but the black hard plumb adapter (for 1 inch pvc) is already included with Vecton UVs
TMC Vecton/Advantage Hose Barb Gasket (EACH) - $3.49
90 Degree Adapter Elbow - $8.99
TMC 15/25 Advantage UV Body -$28.99
#0796960 UV Body, 16.25 inches in length
TMC 15, 25, 30, 55, 110 UV O Ring- $2.89
(These secure the Quartz Sleeve)
TMC Vecton 200 (8 Watt) UV Sterilizer Blue Cover- $21.99
Parts sold on other web pages:
Straight Tube UV-C Bulbs to fit TMC 15, 25, 30, 55, 110 UV Sterilizers
Straight Tube UV-C Bulbs to fit TMC 8 UV Sterilizers
Quartz Sleeves to fit TMC UV Sterilizers
Ballasts/ Transformers to fit TMC UV Sterilizers
Starters to fit TMC UV Sterilizers
Aquarium & Pond Plumbing Parts
UV Water Return and Intake Adapter
For use with Vecton, Terminator, or any other under aquarium UV Sterilizer. For use with in-tank power heads or internal filters to safely return or intake water to the aquarium without hose kinks.
1.5" x 1.25", 1" x 3/4", AND 3/4" X 1/2" TO 5/8" Hose Barb Adapter
Useful for adapting different size hose barbs, such as the 3/4" inch hose barbs on UVs or other aquarium equipment to the 1/2 to 5/8" hoses common Ehiem and other filters, as well as many pond filters with 1.5" barbs to 1.25" barbs such as on the TMC 15 & 25 Watt Advantage UVs.
Water T Diverters & Valves
For use with ponds, sumps, or any high flow water application where the flow rate exceeds the recommended GPH per watt for a UV Sterilizer as well as other applications
Why Purchase from American Aquarium Products?
For Water Pump Specifications & Flow Chart please click here. This guide may be helpful in matching a water pump to your UV Sterilizer.
How UV Sterilization Works - Facts & Myths.
A MUST READ article for anyone looking to get the most out of their Aquarium or Pond UV Sterilizer!
For important How to determine Head Pressure in Pond or Aquarium Water Pumps information in determining your ACTUAL UV Sterilizer Flow rate.
For the Very Best in accurate, researched Aquarium Lighting Information.
Aquarium and Pond Tubing Installation Tips
For help with tubing connections with your UV Sterilizer, Pump, Filter, etc.
Please Read these helpful articles for more about matching the correct UV Sterilizer to your Aquarium, Pond, Filter, or Pump:
Here are a couple VERY helpful YouTube Videos:
TMC Vecton UV Bulb Change
TMC Professional UV Sterilizer/Clarifier 110 Watt
TMC 110 Watt UVC Problem Ballast Replacement
Further Installation Tips:
While we check each unit prior to shipping, we recommend plugging in and checking the unit in a dark location, prior to connection.
As well always check for any breakage of the sleeve from rough shipping prior to set up (we check and repackage ALL UVs prior to shipping, but sometimes breakage happens, especially if Economy Shipping is used)
The UV lamps can easily be checked by looking at the hose-tails or the soft end caps of the larger UVs for a blue glow. With the 15 & 25 Watt Pond Advantage when used in bright daylight, removing the two screws allows for more easy viewing to double check lamp function during regular maintenance.
Please note that the metal solder ball is typical of HO Phillips UV Lamps used in these TMC UVs.
The TMC Vecton & Advantage UVs have very "soft" connecting Lamp Contacts at each end of the UV Bulb/Lamp for ease of service or bulb change. Because of this these easily can be disconnected when installing, moving, or shipping these UVs (although EVERY TMC is carefully checked by us and then repacked BETTER prior to shipping).
With the 110 Watt PRO UV, BOTH lamps MUST be connected or the UV will not light in either lamp
If your UV fails to come on, or takes a few times being plugged in to light, our experience with 1000s of these units has found that 95%+ of the time these Lamp Contacts are not securely connected to the lamp pins (or the wires have been partly pulled from the ballast). With the Vecton, if the lamp starts to light, then fails, this is a 100% indication of a loose connect.
We suggest FULLY disconnecting each end, then re-aligning the pins to the lamps connectors and simply gently pushing these against the lamps/bulb. If this fails, this should be done outside the unit to better connect to ends and note for leak issues.
Once operating, your UV Lamp will not pull the rated wattage with an electronic ballast due to "Ballast Factor" so if testing, do not be alarmed if your 25 Watt UV pulls only 16 -18 watts.
Do NOT use a surge protector or Apex Controller with any UV that utilizes an electronic ballast (it can be permanently damaged by such use)
With the 110 PRO UV, the white retainer clamps must be removed first to check each lamp pin connection. IF even one connection is loose the UV will not fire.
As well the wires going into the ballast could be loose from rough handling in installation, shipping, or repair, so these should also be checked (including with a multi-meter.
It is noteworthy with the 110 UV, we have never had one ballast failure with a new unit, so this is not your problem if a new unit fails to light.
TMC recommends vertical mounting of the Vecton UVs (positioning the outlet and inlet up and down) for best results.
However we have successfully used these UVs in less than perfect vertical positions with good success, but best results will still be achieved with vertical mounting (meaning the unit is horizontal).
We recommend testing for leaks for these and all other brands of UVs with a simple blow and "suction" test. Simply plug on hose barb and then blow in the other, then also suck into the other hose barb as well as it should maintain suction. This is 100% effective as per Carl's years of experience.
We recommend all outdoor applications be connected to a GFI receptacle (a standard 15 amp breaker works for all TMC UVs)
The Vecton should always be placed below the water level of the aquarium
The Vecton Pivoting 90° Elbow may need the use of Teflon Tape on the threaded nipple side of the Vecton for a secure fit, making sure to OVERLAP the end of the nipple well with Teflon Tape with several windings. Otherwise, these need to be hand tightened VERY tightly for a best fit. The elbow should be set to the angle desired be BEFORE tightening, if it can moved once set, it is NOT properly secured. DO NOT over tighten or it may crack prematurely!
(Please click on the picture for a better view of an example)
The picture below shows another way of dealing with tight spaces using a 90 degree hose barb connection & is the PREFERRED method of aquarium professionals that prefer to use these superior UVs. (part 7 or 8 on our Plumbing Parts Page):
We recommend changing the UV Lamps/Bulbs every six months for aquariums & warm climate ponds and every 12 months for cool climate ponds.
'O' Rings should be changed every 3rd or 4th lamp change (although every bulb change as per TMC is OK)
The Pond Advantage UVs can be placed above the pond (assuming proper pump head pressure), however if possible less head pressure is needed for a UV placed at or below the pond level.
Here are a couple of ways to connect an UV sterilizer to an aquarium:
Vecton UV connected to Canister Filter: This is the most simple way to connect
Vecton UV connected to Sponge Filter & Pump:
The above picture demonstrates using:
Vecton 200 UV (this works for Vecton 600 too, although a larger pump would be needed)
Marineland Maxi-Jet 600 Pro PowerHead
Hydro Sponge #3 Filter (or #3 PRO Sponge Filter for Vecton 600)
OR the Supreme Aqua-Mag 2 (250 gph) (which includes its own sponge, so no sponge needed)
The Via Aqua 1300 (Discontinued) or the AquaMag 700 (which also includes its own sponge) is a better fit for the Vecton 600.
an Intake and Return Adapter
This is a simple yet VERY effective way to connect a premium high dwell time UV for level one or higher UV Sterilization utilizing a simple power head and sponge pre-filter for maximum effectiveness.
Recommended Pond Set up Utilizing correctly set up Pond Veggie/Bog filter with a 2nd to none TMC Pond Advantage UV Sterilizer:
Feedback: Aquamanwater@ Comments/Order - Carl & Steve: After installing my Vecton 600 on my 135 gal tank, not only is the water the clearest that I have ever seen, but the fish act more lively and seem to have more personality than I have ever noticed, incredibly cool! Even my sick Azureus has started to eat again, even though he spits most of it back out again.
Tubing, Hose Clamps
Please note that hose clamps or tubing are NOT provided with these UVs as with most ALL UVs.
PAGE ONE: UVC Replacement Bulbs
H series (Twin Tube or Spiral compact lamp) UVC lights/bulbs.
PAGE TWO: T5, T8, T10 UVC Straight Replacement Bulbs
L series (STRAIGHT BULB/LAMP) T5, T8, T10 UV Lights/Bulbs.
Select Quartz Sleeves, Ballasts
Including Ballasts and Quartz Sleeves for most TMC Vecton and Advantage UV Sterilizers.
TMC V²Pure 3 Stage Reverse Osmosis System with TDS Meter
Three-stage, professional RO (reverse osmosis) system incorporating the highest quality components.
High Flow Pond or Aquarium System Pumps
Pond and large Aquarium Pumps by AAP/SunSun among the leaders in aquatic technology.
Submersible UV Filter/Pump
Versatile Rio Aquarium, Fountain Water Pumps, Powerheads.
AquaRay LED Aquarium Lights
The PREMIER Aquarium Lights for your Planted or Reef Aquarium.
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