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  1. #1

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    I'm going to make a custom intake for my Fluval FX5. I am setting up a ~90 gallon (60x20x18") freshwater planted tank, and I want something that will be shrimp-safe and would be a little better looking than the FX5's intake. I will also be using a 4' PVC spray bar. I figure by having one intake on both ends of the tank, it will pull water to both of the corners and reduce the flow to not endanger any shrimp.

    Length of 3/4" PVC
    6x 3/4" PVC elbows
    3/4" PVC tee
    Length of 1" ID vinyl hose to connect the tee to the filter
    2x hose clamp
    2x custom-sized stainless steel/rubber intake strainers from h4n, available from his post in the classifieds (link)

    This is roughly what it's going to look like:
    (The visible portion of PVC will be painted black to match the back of my aquarium)



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    I would suggest to use a PVC hose barb fitting to connect the factory tubing to the PVC T.

    You might even want to think about going to 1 inch PVC to compensate for all of the reduced flow you will be faced with using all of those elbows. You would just have to use a reducing bushing at the T to get back to a 3/4 inch hose barb fitting.

    Just my $0.02
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    Thanks for the input. I was thinking about the reduced flow when I noticed how many elbows I would need to get what I was going for. But I think if I use long-radius elbows or potentially one of these wyes and 45 degree elbows instead of the tee I could reduce the friction loss.

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