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Has anyone here used clear pvc as a water bridge?

I just aquired an all glass 265 84"x30"x26" and am thinking of connecting my 800 to the 265 and then connecting those two to my 240 and would like to use a section of clear 6" pipe in the middle of the water bridge. I'm wondering if anyone has experienced problems with the pipes getting dirtier than dirty...

This attempt at connecting all three tanks won't be for quite some time as the back pane of glass on the 265 is broken and will need repaired first. So don't get exctited..... yet... :lol:
 

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I've seen this done somewhere before. Very interesting and playful concept - If I were a fish, I think I'd like it alot!

Found it - its called an aquarium water-bridge.


http://www.bio-elite.com/waterbridge.htm
 

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Tezr said:
http://web.archive.org/web/20060529015518/http://www.fishighway.com/

take em all the way across the room...
interesting and all but what about down the road when you get all kinds of algae in there? you cant clean it :?
 

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Sammich Bite said:
Tezr said:
http://web.archive.org/web/20060529015518/http://www.fishighway.com/

take em all the way across the room...
interesting and all but what about down the road when you get all kinds of algae in there? you cant clean it :?
Chances are you won't leave it up long enough to get algae. The water inside the tube does not circulate and gradually becomes anoxic. Fish who swim in, pass out and if they are not rescued in time, they suffocate to death. These were on the market over twenty years ago and were soon pulled off most pet shop shelves. What you have to do is link a filter between the tanks so that water must flow through the tube. Most people don't take that step.
 

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you can put a pump on either side and push or pull the water though the bridge that will eliminate the stagnate water.
 

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TheeMon said:
where would you find 6"clear pvc pipe at? I've only seen solid colored(white)
It exists, but for more than $51/ft . . . I'm not sure it's really economical in any sense.
http://www.aquaticeco.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/product.detail/iid/7010/cid/1859

I guess the only things one would need to worry about is:
A) The top of both tanks are nearly at the same level
B) Using some siphon action to keep the water flowing through the bridge
C) Having enough storage volume in the downstream tank to handle water due to siphon equalization in the event of a power failure
D) Making sure the lighting levels near the tube are low enough as not to cause nuisance algae

I say go for it . . . :thumb:
 

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Try McMaster-Carr. They have a bunch of FDA approved clear pipe, but depending on the size and material it can be spendy. The cheapest that I found was polycarbonate 6" O.D. $32/LF.

Why not fabricate one out of acrylic in either a square or triangle and drill it for bulkheads? Or you could get a wood or metal cylander that is the diameter you want and use a heat gun to wrap acrylic around the cylander and weld the joint with solvent. If you put the joint at the bottom, you probably won't notice it.

If you made a box, it would be easy to plumb it for circulation and if you were crafty/handy with acrylic, you could make it openable for cleaning.
 

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Ok, apparently I didn't click the "watch this thread" button :lol: Sorry for the delay in responses :oops:

A few things... To do this and do it right is going to take a lot of work and a little $$ The work I'm not afraid of... the money... well it comes and goes.

Chefkeiths tanks are xactly where I got the idea from. The only difference is I'm not experienced in creating things out of plexi-glass and would be afraid of failure....

And yes, of course all of the tops of the tanks would have to be level with each other, that's not a problem, I own a few levels :D

As far as waterflow is concerned... I'll be putting a small pump in the corner of the 800 to pump water to the 240, which will then let water flow through the bridges back to the 800. I've tested this in my smaller tanks in the back room, it works well :thumb:

I got a good idea from someone on another forum for keeping them clean. When i build them I'll build in magnet cleaners! I don't see why that wouldn't work???

Here's where the tanks would eventually go:


Keep in mind that the 800 is 12' from the 240. So if the 265 was set up in the middle I'd need 30" of clear pipe on each side. Which is perfect because I found this:
http://www.savko.com/index.asp

They sell 6" pipe in 5' lengths :thumb: Get one and cut it in half! Then I'd get 6" 90's locally and a stick of 6" regular pvc locally. The total would run around $235 for two water bridges.

The thing is... I've got to wait till spring to repair the 265 as the basement is now a play room... :? Stinkin kids :lol: By the time spring rolls around they won't want to be inside which will open up that room to do the work... problem is.... I get very busy in spring :x I have no clue when I'm going to get this done!!!!

Here's some pics of the 265, he gave me the bulkheads with it too :D :






The back's been spray painted black, so all that spray paint needs to be scraped off. Then the plan is to take 3/4" plywood and pain four coats of drylok on all edges and both sides and silicone it to the outside. Running beads of silicone over all the cracks and well.... every where :lol:

Then I'll take a piece of hardi panel, the same material used to line the 800 and paint four coats of drylok on that too, then silicone the shnot out of it to the inside of the tank. Sandwiching the broken pane of glass inside. In theory... it should work :lol:

I forgot to mention that since I can drain 1/3 of the water out of the 800 by turning a valve... because of the water bridges the water should drain down on the other two smaller tanks too... So the whole system can get a water change at one time :thumb:

I'm even considering not even building a filter for the 265. Between the massive filter on the 240 and the incredibly massive filter on the 800 there shouldn't even be a need for a filter on the 265... I'd like to hear opinions on that.... Also I'd still put ugj's in the 265...
 

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LOL, good point! Imagine if all the cichlids ended up in the last tank!

2 empty tanks and one veeery overcrowded 240g... :lol:

Other than that, I'm sure the setup will work great... I say go for it!
Make the tubes easy to break down for cleaning and be the trail blazer! 8)
 

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The current won't be too hard for cichlids to over come.... so I think they'd have no problem going back and forth... But it's definately possible that everyone would crowd into one of the smaller tanks :lol: didn't think of that :lol:

Can fish see 12' ? I wonder if right now the fish in the 240 wish they could somehow get to the 800? :lol:
 

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Replacing the glass would be much better than a "sandwich" approach to fixing the back. I would also consider using the bottom and front glass to make two plywood tanks, if a replacement glass back is too costly, but sounds like a Cichlid Forum rescue is ready to help you there.
 
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