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Old 09-07-2011, 03:10 PM   #1
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Loc-Line Alternatives or Substitute? Suggestions needed, please.

Hi, Building a 65g FOWLR...that I'm almost certain will eventually become a reef...but I so love the fish...LOL

Anyway, finishing up the plumbing side of the mechanics - incorporated a Glass-Holes 700 kit for the return, will DIY a 20g sump/fuge, utilizing a Supreme MD7 pump. The return has been drilled for 3/4" bulkhead.

All the plumbing is completed, save for whatever I use from the inside of the tank at the return bulkhead - to verify the plumbing is sound (no leaks), the sump will hold the overflow when power is out, the MD7 works, etc., I'm using a 75 cent 3/4" elbow from Home Depot. All is good. No leaks. Sump (baffles not yet installed) has room to spare.

My question: regarding the return (inside the tank from bulkhead). It was suggested to me at the LFS that I utilize loc-line... and I thought I would add a "Y" so to encourage better circulation. BUT, as the loc-line is expensive (approx. $25 for 12" of plastic pipe!), I'm wondering if there is a more cost-effective alternative that will get the job done? For instance, just keep the 75 cent elbow that shoots straight down into tank or whatever?

I am planning to augment the circulation with power heads, as needed. So it's not clear to me that the $25 worth of loc-line is money well spent.

Suggestions?

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Seems to me you can do the same thing with a PVC Tee, couple short pieces of PVC pipe with 45 degree Elbows on the ends.
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Good idea! Sounds simple enough. Do you know if the PVC comes in black? Maybe that's wishful thinking. lol
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if you cant find black pvc you can use krylon fusion paint let it set for about 48-72 hours and its safe
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They do make PVC in black but it is called ABS and is different. It is made for sewage system and it would be hard to find in the small sizes and fittings. You are pretty much stuck with the white stuff. There may be some sort of paint you could use but I would sure find out from someone who knows more about it than I do. I would hate for the paint to poison the tank.
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if you cant find black pvc you can use krylon fusion paint let it set for about 48-72 hours and its safe
Ah. I used the Kyrlon Fusion on the exterior for a background but found the coverage very disappointing on the glass. And of course, sprays are messy.

Perhaps there is a brushable paint you can recommend - especially in that the parts are small?
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it works great on pvc. used it on every tank. sprays really dont work well on glass unless its made for glass
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it works great on pvc. used it on every tank. sprays really dont work well on glass unless its made for glass
That gives me more confidence on the PVC - you've had success. re: glass. Krylon Fusion claims it's for glass on the back of the can.

Still, I'd rather brush it for the small pieces. Should have talk with you before gluing the 1.5" drain white drain line. The experience with painting the glass put me off from doing the PVC.
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it says that about the glass but ive only had luck with glass paints like stain glass sprays. or niteshade for cars lol. and im not to sure about brush paints for the small parts.
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