Aquarium maintenance is something that people would rarely do themselves. This is true for people owning saltwater aquariums; if cleaning normal, freshwater aquariums is hard enough, saltwater aquariums deal with different systems. If you do just one thing wrong, you’re putting your entire aquarium at risk.
It’s not that hard to do advanced plumbing on your aquarium. If you follow a few of these tips, you can save money by doing the plumbing yourself. This article is a guest post written by Matt Highsmith. Matt owns a Simi Valley plumbing company by day and saltwater aquarium enthusiast in his spare time. He knows a bit about plumbing so please take his advice here is you are doing some plumbing on your tank.
Testing for Safety
When you’re testing your aquarium plumbing, you should do so under normal conditions. Observe the plumbing for seven days without the fish. Once you place the fish, be sure of its quality. You can also use dyes in your aquarium to trace leaks—a good dye to use would be ones used on food.
Testing for Corners
If you’re building plumbing, make it a point to cut as much corners as possible. A good tip is to avoid making elbows amounting up to 90 degrees. Other alternatives you have is to create one that’s using a flexible hose called a spa-flex PVC or two elbows amounting to 45-degrees.
Testing for Adhesives
If you’re putting plumbing together with adhesives, make plans to avoid wedging or bending it in awkward angles. It makes the glue stick better if you put it together in a natural way. The vertical runs would adhere stronger if you make it where they only need strapping together to bond faster.
Don’t Rely on restrictions
It never is a good idea to keep restrictions on your plumbing. If you want to limit your pump’s output, don’t do it by throttling; your pump will usually get clogged up with debris like algae and, by attraction, snails. Don’t make your pump more restricted than it naturally would be.
Don’t make rigid standpipes
Popular brands of standpipes include Durso and Stockman. These are great if you want your overflows quieted down and your drains the same way too. Don’t use glue on these—at all—or you’ll restrict yourself from making periodical tinkering when you need to.
Don’t scrimp on PVC
PVC pipes are a standard when making aquarium plumbing. It is a cheap material to use when you’re keeping a home aquarium. If you want to keep up a working setup, PVC pipes are built to stand the test of temperatures—whether your water supply grows too cold or too hot, it will handle it.
Having an aquarium that works as it should is a great way to ease stress and enjoy fish. At the same time, you’re also trained to contribute to the environment through keeping your fish alive and well-fed.