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DIY 35" spray bar for eheim 2213

Has anyone made one of these? If so, what size holes did you drill and what did you use to cap the pipe?

Filter: eheim 2213
Pipe: lees rigid tubing, 1/2"
Tank length: 35.5"

I bought 3 pipes in case I mess up, but I don't know what size holes to begin with.

Searched the forums and did not find anything helpful.

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Start small and if it's not to your liking go a little bigger. You can probably find a pen cap or a piece of a plastic pen around to plug the end, or maybe try melting it closed.

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I forgot to ask.. How far apart should the holes be?
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Maybe one every 1.5".
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It seems that I forgot to ask another question. Guess I jumped the gun in posting!

What kind of flow do I want to come out of a (this) spray bar? I've never seen one. Is the water suppose to come out hard and fast, like holding your finger over a hose, or slow, like it does from a normal hang-over-the-edge filter?
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Or a piece of wine cork!

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Start small and if it's not to your liking go a little bigger. You can probably find a pen cap or a piece of a plastic pen around to plug the end, or maybe try melting it closed.
Corked mine.

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Depends on the size of the holes. Smaller holes it comes out faster. If you make the holes too big, it will just kind of blubber out of the first few holes. You have extra pieces, play around with it to see how you like it in the tank.
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Ken, you're so proud of that corkjob, I love it!
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 08:10 AM
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This is what Meowschwitz made for her 12 Gallon long

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Spraybar tubing: (1/2 in) http://www.tapplastics.com/product/p...ylic_tubes/141

The SunSun/Aquatop filter uses 5/8" tubing, so I got a bit of that (~3 inches of it), stuck it into the filter tubing, then put the 1/2" tubing of the spraybar into that and sealed it with acrylic cement and extra silicone.

Total length of the spraybar is about 42 inches, ~36 inches of the actual bar, then about an extra 6 inches for the bend and filter tube connect.
Acrylic cement: http://www.tapplastics.com/product/r...lic_cement/130

Spraybar end plug: (3/8 in) http://www.tapplastics.com/product/p...rylic_rods/147

Cut a tiny 1/4 inch chunk out of the rod, plugged it into the spraybar, and sealed it with acrylic cement.

I made them out of a small piece of sheet acrylic. Just used a heat gun to made the bends fit the glass and spraybar.
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