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Old 02-10-2015, 10:54 PM   #1
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FX6 Spray Bar


I just made a 1" PVC spray bar with a center tee. Have not drilled the holes yet and was wondering if anyone had made one and if so what spacing and size did you do on the holes?

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Old 02-10-2015, 11:32 PM   #2
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I'd go about an 1 1/2 a part and go 3/8 on the holes
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Old 02-11-2015, 12:08 AM   #3
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I'd go about an 1 1/2 a part and go 3/8 on the holes
So you think that would be good not to put any back pressure on the pump?
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So you think that would be good not to put any back pressure on the pump?

I'm just going off others that I've seen. I've been thinking about making one for my fx5. Just a pain with the odd hose size.
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Old 02-11-2015, 12:47 AM   #5
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I just used 1" pvc pipe and Home Depot had the 1" barb fitting, was about $10 in parts!

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I just used 1" pvc pipe and Home Depot had the 1" barb fitting, was about $10 in parts!

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Ooooo I like that, looks good.
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Ooooo I like that, looks good.
Thanks , I used Flat Krylon Fusion Paint on it.
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I made a straight spraybar, no tee, 36" long., 1" PVC.
Made 1/4" holes spaced 1 1/2" apart. Works great. HTH.
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I made a straight spraybar, no tee, 36" long., 1" PVC.
Made 1/4" holes spaced 1 1/2" apart. Works great. HTH.
Just to make sure, you did that on the FX6?

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I made a straight spraybar, no tee, 36" long., 1" PVC.
Made 1/4" holes spaced 1 1/2" apart. Works great. HTH.
Also, what did you use to hold the bar inside of the tank?
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Just to make sure, you did that on the FX6?

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Also, what did you use to hold the bar inside of the tank?

Yes, I have two FX6's, both with these spraybars, on an acrylic 240. Being that it is an acrylic tank, there are a couple of small holes, in the top. I just put zip ties around the bar, then up thru the holes, then just slid a piece of plastic thru that, to hold it.
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Yes, I have two FX6's, both with these spraybars, on an acrylic 240. Being that it is an acrylic tank, there are a couple of small holes, in the top. I just put zip ties around the bar, then up thru the holes, then just slid a piece of plastic thru that, to hold it.

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How did the spray bar turn out ? And pics ? I'm thinking about doing one for my 90g with my fx5
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A couple of tips:
1) At times you may want to slightly change the direction of spray (i.e. pointing more towards the surface for agitation or more towards the front). You do not need to glue the PVC in the tank which will leave the direction adjustable. If you insist on glue, then considering using a threaded tee and threaded adapter.
2) If the circulation of the water comes from the spray bar (i.e. and not a powerhead in the tank), then you will want to stay with a slightly smaller hole. Undersize your holes by 1/8 or 1/64" and test the result. If the spray is too strong, drill up by 1/64" until you like the result.
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How did the spray bar turn out ? And pics ? I'm thinking about doing one for my 90g with my fx5
Have not had a chance to install it yet. Seems like every weekend that I am going to do it, the wife has different plans for me
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Have not had a chance to install it yet. Seems like every weekend that I am going to do it, the wife has different plans for me

Do you have any pics by chance ? I'd like to make one myself aswell
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