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Old 10-12-2015, 05:58 PM   #1
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Plumbing ready for PVC glue...Comments & suggestions

My first potential plumbing setup is ready for the glue.

I understand 90° bends in the return line are bad but I don't think I can entirely avoid them; hence vinyl tubing. I have enough leftover ¾" & elbows to create a three-bend, all-PVC (except a short length of tubing going straight up from the pump to the PVC) but I presume that would be too many bends.

Glue goes on next weekend at the latest.

What do y'all think?

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Pictures are screwing up now(at least loading them).
When you get them up(after they fix this) I may be able to accurately comment.
Elbows are the bane of returns!
I believe they say 1 90 = 1foot of tube!
I use almost all re enforced vinyl tubing in combination with pvc for the best results.
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Reinforced vinyl tubing: Where to buy?

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Pictures are screwing up now(at least loading them).
When you get them up(after they fix this) I may be able to accurately comment.
Elbows are the bane of returns!
I believe they say 1 90 = 1foot of tube!
I use almost all re enforced vinyl tubing in combination with pvc for the best results.
Thanks!

I've got some ¾" clear tubing but it's massively stiff and I'm barely able to get it to bend into place as a 90° curve; definitely unable to put an S bend into it in order to go straight up from the pump then straight up into the riser...

What does reinforced vinyl look like, how flexible is it, and where can I get some? Is it that vacuum cleaner hose stuff?
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What does reinforced vinyl look like, how flexible is it, and where can I get some? Is it that vacuum cleaner hose stuff?

Also called 'braided';

Shop Samar 1-1/4-in x 1-ft Reinforced PVC Reinforced Braided Vinyl Tubing at Lowes.com
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Braided Vinyl Tubing...

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Cool!

Flexible enough to make a smooth 90-degree bend in about 18" length? I didn't see any flexibility specs...
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That should work fine.
You could go flex from outlet to sump if you wanted.
Where are all your planned 90s?
On top for return??
Do you have 'lockline' for the return on top??
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That should work fine.
You could go flex from outlet to sump if you wanted.
Where are all your planned 90s?
On top for return??
Do you have 'lockline' for the return on top??
The 90-degree PVC hasn't even been cut, awaiting reviews of the current arrangement (much simpler to assemble )

The first bend would be at the base of the riser, where the push-in currently resides; the second would be along the back of the cabinet, turning toward the front; the third would be the final downward elbow, right above where the pump would finally rest, coupled to the pump via flexible tubing...

I'll post a pic of the overflow plumbing soon...
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Do you have 'lockline' for the return on top??
Not yet; I don't plan on using much. I have a 3/4" 'Y' and one flare, my LFS, Nebraska Aquatic Supply, had only one, so I'm waiting until next weekend to get the second; they expect delivery on Thursday.

Two 90-degree bends at the top...
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You are better off IMO with the vinyl.
The 90s on the return is how it is done.
Your tank looks like an aqueon 75g mega flow by pic from below.
Got me 2@120,1@180 and 1@75 aqueon mega overflows!
I split all my locklines but no flares for me.
They are easy to find online if you are looking for special parts.
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