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Old 09-05-2012, 06:59 PM   #11
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If I end up going with tubing I will probably use the black tubing. It cost a little more. That is if I choose that route.
I used 3/4" for returns 1" for overflows
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:06 PM   #12
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What kind of glue do you guys use???
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:25 PM   #13
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What kind of glue do you guys use???
Just pvc glue and primer
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:48 PM   #14
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I only used the pvc glue. The primer helps as it 'softens' the pvc up some for the glue and makes sure that you won't bust a leak. Primer it, glue it, stick the pvc in and give it a quarter twist. Done and done.
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Always use the primer. Work fast and clean and it will never leak. Just don't pull on the plumbing as you can crack it, especially when it gets old.
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Well I've done a lot of PVC work but didn't know if the glue was safe to use on aquariums but then again we drink it do I guess it would be fine...
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Just let the glue cure before running water thru it. Anything that is used for potable water sources is probably fine for aquarium use.
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:27 PM   #18
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I always use PVC glue and primer that is safe for potable water. It will specify on the can what it can be used for. And +1 to letting it dry completely.
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I'm guessing it's probably better to use 45's instead of 90's where possible...
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45's are better than 90's as a 90 will restrict the flow some. 45's don't restrict the flow as much. I have a few 90's on mine but depending on your return will basically only add head pressure. I do not know the calculations. I have a little giant return pump 4-mdqx-sc and still have to dial it back with a quarter turn ball valve down stream of the pump.
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