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Old 12-22-2010, 09:34 PM   #1
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I just put together an under gravel tunnel system for the fish to swim. I made it out of 1" PVC with elbows and T's. If they don't use it I can always remove it during a water change. If this works well, maybe next time I will use a flexible hose and really get creative with it.
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Old 12-22-2010, 11:13 PM   #2
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Wait so the fish are going to swim in this? I f so it would be cool if it were clear keep us updated.
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I am hoping that they will swim through these. You have a great idea about these being clear...Wish I would have thought of that first instead of the pvc. Maybe next time if it works out. GREAT IDEA OF CLEAR!!!! Thanks!!! I will keep you posted for sure.
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I just found a company in GA that has clear PVC, and fittings. It is a little pricey, but if this works, next time I will go clear and place the tubes next to the glass for viewing the fish in the tunnels as well.
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Sounds pretty cool. Following along.. curious to see if the fish swim through. How will you know, though? It will be hard to peek in and see.
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I will watch them and see if they go in one opening and come out somewhere else. That is my game plan at the moment. I think the 1" size is big enough that if 2 fish enter at opposite ends they will have room to pass each other without having to back up..lol
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If it works out I will add more pictures as well.
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doesnt this kind of defeat the purpose of a tank, lol XD. i see where you are going with this, but i see some major problems with it.

oh, and if you do it with clear pvc it will grow algae inside of the pipes
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I don't think it defeats the purpose. All of the fish won't be in here all of the time,or at the same time. As far as algae goes, that is a bridge I will cross when the time comes. I will have Algae eaters in the tank as well. I have the tank completely away from any sun shine too. I just this was a cool idea. didn't say it would be without problems or that it would work. Just an idea to have a little fun and peek interest or others. Heck I might have algae in these tubes, time will tell. I still need to figure out how to clean out the tubes. Maybe with a shop vac..lol!!!
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No offense, but seriously, what is the purpose to this? I mean, what if a fish dies in there? If not a fish, all of that other bacteria and waste will just accumulate.

I mean, I get your idea, but fish are here for our viewing pleasure. If you're going to put tubes under the gravel, why not just put a sheet over the entire thing and run it in your closet? Or what if they love it and all of them never leave the tubes? You could never prove they exist.

Ok, so enough with the criticism, I have an idea. What if you had 2 tanks, let's say 1 on each side of a window and then connected the 2 tanks with the PVC you were using (or a long clear piece). That way, you could have two completely different aquascapes; like 1 planted and the other all stone and driftwood. This way, the fish could go from 1 tank to the other. There's a bar or restaurant that has this but the tanks are like 30ft apart and clear. I'll try to find a picture and post it.

If you still want to do the undergravel, go for it, it's your setup. I'm just figuring that you will regret it one way or another.
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