Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 03-11-2016, 05:56 AM   #11
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
harryggumb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: New York
Posts: 241
It's recommended that I use pvc for the return line as opposed to a flexible tubing correct?
__________________

__________________
harryggumb is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2016, 07:13 AM   #12
Aquarium Advice Addict
Community Moderator
 
Fresh2o's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 11,802
Quote:
Originally Posted by harryggumb View Post
It's recommended that I use pvc for the return line as opposed to a flexible tubing correct?

I feel the consensus would be "Yes" to this, but this is a good question since canister filters use flexible tubing. I'm thinking that return pumps (can) generate more pressure than canister filter pumps.


Sent from my iPhone using Aquarium Advice
__________________

__________________
I am an ALGAE farmer.
Terms of Service | Community Rules | FresH2O's Planted Tank | Fresh2o's Shrimp Tank
Fresh2o is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2016, 08:48 AM   #13
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
cgthebeast's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: In a house
Posts: 3,085
Yup, pvc is the safest way. Keeps from blowing any clamps and such off from pressure
__________________
36 gallon fresh water

10g saltwater
cgthebeast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2016, 10:11 AM   #14
Aquarium Advice Addict

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Southern Cali
Posts: 1,734
Quote:
Originally Posted by cgthebeast View Post
Yup, pvc is the safest way. Keeps from blowing any clamps and such off from pressure
LOL...
if there is that much pressure going through the system, it would be a tornado in the tank.

Flexible vinyl tubing is perfectly fine and safe, just make sure to use actual hose clamps on them, not the plastic clip ring clamps.
The only pvc on my set-up is the about1' for the drain and that connects to vinyl tubing, everything else is 1" vinyl hose, about 10' worth and I have had no issues whatsoever.

The benefit of tubing is you can make more "graceful" turns and reduce flow restriction.
If you do use pvc make sure to map it all out first and dry fit the parts to be certain it is how you want. Also be certain to place valves and disconnects at key points to make maintenance easier.
__________________
PB_Smith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2016, 11:01 AM   #15
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
cgthebeast's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: In a house
Posts: 3,085
Oh yeah, It was blowing away my substrate from the main high points if flow. The flow value fixed that though.
__________________
36 gallon fresh water

10g saltwater
cgthebeast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2016, 11:10 AM   #16
Aquarium Advice Addict

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Southern Cali
Posts: 1,734
Ya know one other good option is to use both rigid and flexible pvc. That way you get the added security of the welded joints of pvc and the benefit of being able to route the plumbing however you need to with minimal restriction with the flexible pvc.


Yeah, that is probably the best way to go and is what I will do if I re-plumb my set-up.
the only caveat is that flexible pvc is more expensive.
__________________

__________________
PB_Smith is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
advice, line, return line

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
advice for sump return line placement 93MSB General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 5 08-22-2015 02:45 AM
Taking a Poll for 1 return pump or 2 return pumps mwilliams Saltwater Reef Aquaria 19 04-30-2012 01:55 AM
Do Return Damsels? Don't return Damsels? Nevada Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 9 09-30-2009 08:45 PM
return line for sump...need help dropped Saltwater Reef Aquaria 5 07-14-2004 10:21 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:35 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.