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Old 03-02-2011, 08:24 PM   #1
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Thumbs up DIY PVC or ABS Aquarium Cave

Hey everyone just built a cave from PVC pipe and aquarium gravel it was kinda fun and i like the look of it. Very cost efficient if you have some aquarium silicon and extra gravel around. Here is a link if you want to try it:

Make Your Own DIY Aquarium Cave From PVC Pipe (DIY DECORATION PROJECTS)

My cave is on my album if you want to have a look not complete yet but i will take another picture once Ive placed it in my tank.
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dont use ABS... im pretty sure its not aquarium safe..... PVC is
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ABS is aquarium-safe. I'm pretty sure Penguin filters are made of ABS.
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ABS is aquarium-safe. I'm pretty sure Penguin filters are made of ABS.
really cuz when i went to buy plumbing for my tank i asked about the ABS pipes and they said that they dont recommend it for drinking water so it probably wouldnt be safe for fish tank either
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Did they say why they don't recommend it for drinking water? Building codes limit it to DWV use in most places, but I haven't figured out exactly why. I know here in Cook County, PVC isn't allowed for drinking water, only DWV. We have to use copper or galvanized iron pipe for potable water. My dad, a plumber, says it's because copper or iron pipe will last longer than plastic water pipe. The plastic fatigues under constant water pressure.

ISDH: Pre-approved Exterior Water and Sewer Piping - Indiana lists ABS pipe as acceptable for potable water.

ABS and PVC DWV Pipe and Fittings - Charlotte Pipe and Foundry lists ABS pipe as non-toxic.
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oh i dunno.... here in canada we use plastic pipes for drinking water
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Most of the world does. Chicago has the toughest plumbing codes in the US.
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Hey everyone just built a cave from PVC pipe and aquarium gravel it was kinda fun and i like the look of it. Very cost efficient if you have some aquarium silicon and extra gravel around. Here is a link if you want to try it:

Make Your Own DIY Aquarium Cave From PVC Pipe (DIY DECORATION PROJECTS)

My cave is on my album if you want to have a look not complete yet but i will take another picture once Ive placed it in my tank.
Just read the DIY article: COOL CAVE! It definitely gives me some ideas for future mods in my tanks! Thanks for the info!
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Just about any bulkhead fitting on a reef ready tank is ABS. It absolutely is safe.
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iam a carpenter from canada its just cause our building codes are so strict both are perfectly fine for water they just need a good wash first i have a pvc in one tank and abs in the other no problems
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