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Old 06-25-2013, 11:56 PM   #1
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Algae formation in piping


Hello ladies and gents!

I have a question about algae
I'm planning to use a transparant plexiglas pipe in the center of the aquarium as an overflow to a sump filtration system.. i've added a pic of my horrible paint skills to give you an idea..

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(the tank is going to have 190 gallons and the sump is going to be 50 gallons, so the picture is not on scale)

now my question is (probably a silly one) about algae formation INSIDE the transparant pipe.. my biggest guess would be that it's never going to happen since the water is constantly moving inside the pipe but i can't help but wonder anyway..
the reason for me wondering this is because algae needs light to form (because of photosynthesis) and since light can easily penetrate the pipe i had some doubts..
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:22 AM   #2
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Algae has formed in my transparent filter tubing and it has water constantly flowing. Cool idea hopefully it works

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Old 06-26-2013, 01:00 AM   #3
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ok... so much for the transparent pipe idea..
or i need to use a soft brush with a long stem to clean the inside every now and again...
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:06 AM   #4
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Daily cleaning with a brush before any dirt is even visible will keep the pipe clean. If you don't do that you have about 2 weeks before you see algae on the transparent pipe.

But if your tank is very low light AND you keep the water free of fertilizers the algae growth will be VERY slow. Months. Except that the tank will look dull.

The idea of a clear pipe is bad for another reason. You will end up going crazy from the constant noise of falling water. You will end up installing some kind of pipe inside the second one to reduce the height from which the decanted water enters the tank. So much for "transparent beauty".
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Old 06-26-2013, 03:42 AM   #5
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+1 on having to listen to falling water all the time.

When I was plumbing my tank, I left the standpipe off of it for an extra day because I had to glue a new piece to the PVC pipe and that falling water noise was pretty annoying after about 5 minutes. It had that nice toilet bowl sound.
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:54 PM   #6
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yeah i don't want a constantly running toilet in my living room hahaha
but what if i was to make the water fall directly on top a mechanical sponge bed filter material underneath the aquarium.. wouldn't that help with the noise?

i guess i have to test this out on a miniature scale to have a definite answer..
but if it makes any noise at all i'm definitely skipping this idea..
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:26 PM   #7
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You'll still have some sort of waterfall sound effect going on. The only way to limit it is to have something in the tube that will break the fall of the water.
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