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Old 08-03-2010, 07:40 PM   #31
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I wouldn't use clear pipe actually. I switched to garden hose for all my flex tubing if possible, its much cheaper and it blocks light from growing lots of algae in there.

I realize you are talking about rigid, but the same applies. I would leave one of the closer fittings unglued so you can take it off to check algae growth/clean.
I'm not to sure about garden hose as you never know whats coming from the actual hose itself,plus too easy to kink.

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Where can I get clear pipe?
you can acrylic pipe in most sizes
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:42 PM   #32
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I skimmed through the thread, but I didn't see anything about siphon breaks, so you need to do something to make sure the water doesn't drain back into the sump.
The intake will be close to the top of the tank/water level. On the returns, I plan to have check valves.
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:45 PM   #33
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I'm leaving all of the pieces of PVC that's inside of the tank unglued so that I can take apart for whatever reason.

Plus, this is all temporary for now
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:54 PM   #34
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I skimmed through the thread, but I didn't see anything about siphon breaks, so you need to do something to make sure the water doesn't drain back into the sump.
they will need this in the return pipe, a hole in the return pipe just under the water level but at the moment we are just trying to sort out the syphon pipe.
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The intake will be close to the top of the tank/water level. On the returns, I plan to have check valves.
I'm not to sure about putting them in the return pipe either as I've never done or needed to,just a hole drilled into the return pipe in the dt just below water level will suffice
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I'm leaving all of the pieces of PVC that's inside of the tank unglued so that I can take apart for whatever reason.

Plus, this is all temporary for now
Just remember this is a suction pipe,if you leave the submersed pipe unglued make sure they have a good fit otherwise water will still go through the syphon via the joints and will break the syphon with air!!
meaning no water getting to your sump but plenty going into your dt,Flood warning.
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I'm not to sure about garden hose as you never know whats coming from the actual hose itself,plus too easy to kink.
I use the one with the metal mesh woven through it. You just have to be sure that you get a Vinyl one, they are completely safe. If you are really paranoid about it you can get the ones for boats and campers which are made from "medical" grade vinyl. Its all food grade stuff.
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Old 08-04-2010, 04:32 PM   #38
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just a hole drilled into the return pipe in the dt just below water level will suffice
That is what most people use, I use 2 holes on opposite sides below the water line. You might get a snail sitting on the hole and get a flood that Way. You know..."Whatever that can go wrong, will go wrong and at the worse possible time".
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