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Old 02-28-2007, 07:20 PM   #1
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Flexible tube plumbing for drain lines okay?

I'm building a 150g built-in setup. Going over plumbing specs now.

Is flexible vinyl tubing appropriate for the two drain lines to the sump? The sump is about a 14' drop to the basement below.

Of course I'm using PVC for return plumbing (two separate mag 18 pumps).
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Re: Flexible tube plumbing for drain lines okay?

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I'm building a 150g built-in setup. Going over plumbing specs now.

Is flexible vinyl tubing appropriate for the two drain lines to the sump? The sump is about a 14' drop to the basement below.

Of course I'm using PVC for return plumbing (two separate mag 18 pumps).
I don't see why not, but make sure you use the reinforced tubing so that it maintains it's shape and does collaps.

My Store bought sump system used a Flexable Vacum Pool type hose.

You just want to make sure there is not kinks in the hose so that your flow won't get restricted.

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Vinyl, vacuum hose, or pvc would be fine for the drains. I have flexible pvc for my drains, but they r very short since the sump is under the tank. I would probably lean towards vacuum hose for your returns since you have such a long drop. Its more flexible and seems to cut down on noise of falling water.
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I use PVC it works well and it is cheap easy to find and simple to work with!
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So reinforced vinyl/flexible tubing is okay for drains. No negatives (other than it tending to "pinch")? Its a very straight drop, so I don't think any pinching would be an issue.
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