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Old 08-11-2016, 09:39 AM
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Default Plumbing Question -- Barbed Reducers

I know you can reduce let's say from 3/4 to 5/8 without any problems, but can you go the other direction? Can you start with a 5/8 hose, put a reducer barb on backwards, and step up to a 3/4 hose which will connect to a UV sterilizer? It seems like the bigger diameter hose would never fill completely which would introduce bubbles/cavitation into the UV sterilizer?
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That would be fine but you will want the most contact time with the uv light for effectiveness so you should try to reduce the flow through it, not increase the flow. I usually put a T to the uv sterilizer then put a valve in front of it so that I can reduce the flow.

In your case, I would put a T from the FX then a pvc valve to reduce the flow to the uv sterilizer. No need for another pump. Save on electricity.
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