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  1. Default Custom PVC intake for FX5


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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.

    Materials:
    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)

    intake.filter.jpg

    Thoughts?

  2. #2

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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.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
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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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