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    Clear PVC

    Got the tank, (thanks tinman), just picked up the sump, Trigger Emerald 20. Thinking thru return pump and drains. Outside of the algae issue, anyone use clear PVC for part or all of the drain/return systems? Any other issues that might be of concern?
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    Quote Originally Posted by conchman View Post
    Got the tank, (thanks tinman), just picked up the sump, Trigger Emerald 20. Thinking thru return pump and drains. Outside of the algae issue, anyone use clear PVC for part or all of the drain/return systems? Any other issues that might be of concern?
    Only issues I can think of with clear pipes are possible algae from light exposure that you will have virtually no way to clean out. Back when I had a HOB overflow, the clear U tube would always get a decent amount of algae growing in there. It would then filter out the food particles and waste... growing bigger. Plus you'll get the regular non photosynthetic stuff like sponges, spirobidae, etc growing in there which IMO could look a lot less clean and pristine than a simple white, black, or red tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikenh77 View Post
    Only issues I can think of with clear pipes are possible algae from light exposure that you will have virtually no way to clean out. Back when I had a HOB overflow, the clear U tube would always get a decent amount of algae growing in there. It would then filter out the food particles and waste... growing bigger. Plus you'll get the regular non photosynthetic stuff like sponges, spirobidae, etc growing in there which IMO could look a lot less clean and pristine than a simple white, black, or red tube.

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    But now that I think of it I have a lot of soft clear vinyl I run off my main pump for my reactors and ATS. The insides don't really get dirty and are exposed to a decent amount of light. Go figure. Let me know how it goes!

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    Was just thinking it thru. Now that you mention it, I remember on my 65, I ran a Life Reef overflow, and had a spare U Tube I used to swap out for algae growth. Always figured it was back wash light from the Ecotech. That was easy to take care of. Like you said, under the tank will all be glued, just will have a couple of full union/valves, I may not want to risk this for the sake of "cool factor". Thinking maybe the algae and other stuff may have a hard time getting ahold on the vinyl...we know what they can do on PVC and glass!
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    I bought clear 1" PVC from Home Depot. They had to order it but my next system will be all clear.

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    worst idea ever....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1000rrstunna View Post
    worst idea ever....
    Care to elaborate?

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    Itís going to look like yellow green brown poop from algae and other slime that will grow in it....


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    Quote Originally Posted by 1000rrstunna View Post
    worst idea ever....
    Lol, I was thinking the same thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by xj_matt View Post
    Lol, I was thinking the same thing
    So was I but I was trying to just make light of both sides! Lol. But I wouldn't recommend it.

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