Plumbing Thread?

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  1. Croaky

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    Can somebody please let me know where I can find a good plumbing thread with lots of pictures that a n00b can learn the basic fundamentals and principles of marine aquarium plumbing from?
     
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  3. Jacojs

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    Ditto on what croaky said.
     
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    definitely! my plumbing is such a hack.
     
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    Hi guys
    Here's 2 images of my plumbing. Very basic. Hope this helps :)

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    Croaky Thread Starter

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    That's cool, thanks LLewellyn!

    I've seen pictures of plumbing with loads of T pieces, ball valves and I don't know what else...

    Can we maybe get a brief description of 'what goes where, and why' with pictures that get posted?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  7. Singularity

    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    What do you want to know about plumbing ??
     
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    Guys - wait for Marcel (LuckyFish) to read this thread. He is a "master plumber" by trade.
     
  9. Croaky

    Croaky Thread Starter

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    Aquarium plumbing, everything one needs to in order to have a succesfull, versatile system?
     
  10. Croaky

    Croaky Thread Starter

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    @ jacquesb: Now that's what I like to hear!
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    hehe, sure they dont need to know about presure valves, vacume breakers etc.

    Its like building a puzzle, just make sure all the pipes are clean and dust free, i usually use some wet sand paper to get the pipes looking like new, PVC cement also seems to bond pipe and fitting together better after a good "sanding". You apply PVC cement right around the pipe generously and do 1 or 2 quick turns on the inside of the fitting with the brush supplied with the pvc glue. Twist the pipe 45 degrees when you insert it into the fitting and wipe excess glue of with your finger, i usually do this by turning the pipe and bolding your finger still in one place, obviously you wont always be able to do it that way when you start fitting the pipes to the tank. Also do as much of the gluing in the work area and just leave yourself with the last 2+ connections to the tank. Thats how to do the actual plumbing....

    Designing the plumbing works would depend on what you have, external skimmer etc, going to be running a ATS and so on, usually there is just a line from the overflow to first compartment with ball valve, and a return line from return pump, try to keep the use of 90 degree elbows in the return line to a minimum as this will reduce flow from your return pump.
     
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    Got any pics of your plumbing?
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    only of my previous fish room, but that isnt really aplicable here... but if you want a pic i will show you one :p
     
  14. Croaky

    Croaky Thread Starter

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    The more we see the more we learn!
     
  15. Singularity

    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    here you go

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    the return in this case was 25mm and overflow 32mm
     
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    Croaky Thread Starter

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    Now that's what I'm talking about!

    Thanks Singularity, much appreciated!
     
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    Don´t use 90 degree elbows in the returns. Always use 2 times 45 degree elbows.
    Clean the fittings and pipe ends with spirits, before you glue them together.
    Put glue on pipe and inside the fitting. Let it dry out for 8 hours.
    Try to use as little fittings as possible in the return. Depending on space, you could bent pipes up to 45 degrees with a heat torch.
    It is nice when the people tell you, your plumbing looks nice and organized, but your pump should deliver the maximum volume. So forget about the look and do it efficient.
     
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    ANybody have any more pics?
     
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    Hope these help. From the first pics I posted I changed the return pipe joints to 90º pieces.
    The extra pipe with the ball valve/tap from the return back to the skimmer compartment is to control water flow back to the tank.
    From mt overflow I branched the pipes off to run down the ATS (Algal Turf Scrubber)
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    Here is some more

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    What the guys who don't know what is going on with the plumbing need to do, is not look at photos - I am a competant piper, I design and fit 3D piping models together for a living and some of these photos are challenging to navigate.

    The guys who don't know how it is done need to get in touch with reefers near them and be invited around to have a look how it is done. They need to see a joint being put together, how to cut the pipe and clean up the burrs on the end, the quantity of glue used on a joint etc... For the DIY enthusiast, it is as simple as taking your next breath of air, for a person who has never been exposed to this sort of thing - it is difficult. Let's make it easier and simply teach them...
     
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