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Old 09-04-2012, 11:30 AM   #1
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Vinyl Tubing vs. PVC pipes for plumbing tanks to the sumps

Okay guys and gals I need some help here trying to make a decision on my plumbing for my tank and need all the help and advice I can get from everyone:

I have not seen anyone using the vinyl tubing for plumbing on any fish forums is there any special reason as to why no one uses the tubing?

Proís & Conís for Vinyl Tubing pluming parts & prices:

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Proís and Conís for PVC plumbing parts & prices:
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The reason I didn't use it is because of the weight. It was easier for me to use pvc and rest the weight of it on something rather than rely on the bulkheads to hold the weight and potentially break them. It also gets pretty nasty on the inside and looks bad. I did use a very short piece to help with vibration reduction. PVC with unions is the best way to go IMO. Spa flex for the drain is also handy, but not necessary.
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I have a piece of flex tubing that goes from my overflow down into my PVC. I had tried to T things off into my dual reactor but it just didn't work out well. So, I redid the entire thing and plumbed my reactor into a pump of its own.
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IMO, PVC is generally the way to go. I use a mix of PVC and reinforced vinyl tubing. The vinyl can get crimped or accidentally flattened to the point it restricts water flow and something gets wet. It also looks nasty after a while. PVC is stronger and easier to work with, no band clamps, no push on fittings that leak. I keep a big box of fittings and misc. parts so that I can respond to emergencies that often happen when the hardware store is closed.
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:26 PM   #5
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Do any of you guys have pics to share? I am trying to see how to hook up either the tubing or pvc to the bulkheads and then down into the sump.
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Do any of you guys have pics to share? I am trying to see how to hook up either the tubing or pvc to the bulkheads and then down into the sump.
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I use vinly tubing. And my feelings are that it's faster to setup but then it clogs with algea and u have to wrap it in electrical tape. I'm gonna say PVC is the way to go. Next time I will be taking my own advice
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Good point on the electrical tape. I remember having to do that as well.
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Vinyl Tubing vs. PVC pipes for plumbing tanks to the sumps

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Heres mine
What size elbows did you use? Looks like you have a very large tank also...

Did you use any couplers or reducers?
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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.
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