8 Watt Pond Advantage Pro Ultraviolet Clarifier/Sterilizer
UV8- Rated for ponds UP TO 1200 gallons (low bio-load/sunlight factor, 1/2 this size high) with a rated maximum flow rate of 720 gallons per hour.
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.
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.
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.
Purchasing elsewhere, from a non authorized seller below MAP pricing will void the warranty!
As well, since we've been in business selling UV Sterilizers for decades, we have always offered free service for life beyond the warranty. All we ask is payment for shipping and parts!
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.
Vecton Level one or two UV Sterilizer with twin canister filters
The Vecton aquarium UV has a more compact design than the otherwise same dwell, flow design of the Advantage, with opposite return/outflow specifically for aquariums. The Advantage can be used either for pond or aquarium. We recommend the Vecton primarily for aquarium use.
Both the Vecton & Advantage are vastly easier to service than most popular Compact UV Sterilizers (including ones we sell), with the results being much less chance of a broken quartz sleeves during service of the UV.
Both the Vecton & Pond Advantage UV Sterilizer/Clarifier are superior to ALL popular compact UV Sterilizer/Clarifiers sold today (including those we sell).
As well, there's no comparison between the TMC True UV Sterilizer/Clarifier, the popular Internal/Submersible, & especially the Hang On UVs which AT BEST are clarifiers, NOT level 1 or higher UV sterilizers.
These TMC UVs provide long exposure/high dwell time per wattage of UVC irradiation (again unlike many of the HO UVs, which have inadequate exposure time as per wattage of UVC). The Result is that all the TMC UVs can handle flow rates 5-20 gph per watt more than most other UV Sterilizer/Clarifier to perform the same level. (Clarification, Level 1, & Level 2).
As an example, the TMC 8 Watt Vecton will outperform ANY 13 watt compact UV sterilizer due to vastly superior dwell time time!
The TMC 8 Watt Vecton produces 2.08 watts of UVC energy per second while the best Compact 13 watt UV produces 1.95 watts of UVC energy per second!
See: UV Sterilization; Dwell Time Test between UVs
Quite bluntly, there's no better UV Sterilizer/Clarifier watt per watt than the TMC UV Sterilizer/Clarifier at any price.
Then when one considers these AAP Vecton/Advantage UVs will last a decade or more with regular maintenance compared to a few years for the average Chinese built UV (even the better ones), the cost long term is generally less!!!
Finally, please note, while our suggested aquarium/pond sizes; as well as recommended flow rates, may seem lower than most other web sites UV Sterilizers/Clarifiers. Even what the manufacturer writes on the box. This is because we publish tested, proven flow rate, & aquarium/pond size suggestions based on our 30 years experience. Not best case scenario or even impossible flow rates.
As well, recommended aquarium or pond sizes are ONLY a guide and our recommendation often varies from the manufacturer since water turnover and flow rates are much more important!
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.
3 Year Warranty against defect (six months UV-C Bulb/Lamp & starter)
The same basic design as the Vecton 25, Vecton 15, & Vecton 8 except a more durable case and higher flow design. As well, these Pond Advantage UVs can be used for aquariums where a high flow, high end professional UV sterilizer is preferred.
This is a PREMIUM UV Sterilizer/Clarifier equal to many other premium UVs such as Aqua or Emperor, except not a premium price.
Watt per watt, more efficient than ANY compact UV Sterilizer (EVEN the Terminator we sell and even more so ANY sold on Amazon or eBay or other discounters).
Robust construction and new ergonomic, green and black design.
Surface, filter, or wall mountable and supplied with a wall mounting kit and a filter lid fixing kit.
Four-stage hose tails designed to take flexible hose from 1/2" to 1 1/4". Hose tails are held in place with screw on collars, allowing the disconnection of the hose, leaving the unit or the hose in situ for ease of servicing and maintenance.
TMC UV25 25 watt pond UV Sterilizer features
Rigid pipe adaptors, for connection to 1 inch (40 mm) solvent weld rigid PVC pipe, are included with the unit. These adaptors are held in place with screw on collars, allowing the disconnection of the rigid pipe, leaving the unit or the rigid pipe in site for ease of servicing and maintenance.
Recommended Vinyl Tubing Size: 5/8", 3/4", 1", or 1.25" ID
Additional Hose Barb Adapter are sold to help with fitting 1.5" Hoses or other problem fittings.
Size- 22” L x 5” H x 7” W
Easy access to working parts making maintenance quick and easy.
Supplied with a 9 foot power cable.
Complete with comprehensive instructions and backed up with full technical support from TMC.
Due to the VERY rugged construction for both effectiveness and to protect the UV from the environment. The most simple way to check your Advantage UV to verify the UV is "On" during daylight hours is to simply remove the two cover screws and then view from above (this takes less than a minute)
Full 36 month guarantee against any defect or failure. This covers all parts and labor.
For higher flow rate pond pumps (or aquarium pumps) we recommend using a flow diverter which is easily built (or purchased), this allows for instance a 25 Watt Advantage to work correctly with a pump over 1500 gph for a pond size this UV would otherwise fit well with. See this article for a further explanation:
Pond Care Information, UV Sterilizer Use