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Old 04-08-2013, 06:36 PM   #1
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Fish tank to house plumbing questions


So I'm in luck in that I have a water line running directly under my fish tank to an out side faucet.

So I want to tap into this and run a link up threw my floor with a valve and then into my AquaTop CF300 canister filter tubing (5/8" ID).

I took a look at lowes the other day but could not find what I needed to get this done.

The house plumbing is Polybutylene. I happen to know they make some quick connect fittings that work just fine with it as I had to replace a valve under my sink.

Any idea how to go from Polybutyleneto vinyl tubing with a valve in the middle would be great.

I really want to keep the T in the vinyl tubing plastic of course as water is going threw that all the time.

That being said I am also considering installing a water filter so if any one has any recommendations that are small to semi-small and are not a fortune please let me know.
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:06 AM   #2
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Why would you run a water line directly into the tubing on your canister filter? I don't recommend using that method as there is always the possibility of cross contamination of your potable water system.

Why not just run a separate line to the tank?
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:28 AM   #3
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I am open to that but I would still need to go from house plumbing to vinyl tubing at some point I think to make it threw where my filter lines are. Really I would like to go from the house plumbing to Polyethylene tube.

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Why would you run a water line directly into the tubing on your canister filter? I don't recommend using that method as there is always the possibility of cross contamination of your potable water system.

Why not just run a separate line to the tank?
Deeda can you please elaborate? I don't quite understand what you mean by this. Perhaps you mean the tank/ canister water could leak back into the house's water supply?

Don't a lot of people with sumps use such a strategy with continuous drip systems?

Thanks in advance.
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When I used a continuous drip system I had about 15 feet of 1/4 inch plastic tubing, a regulator, a throttle valve, and a filter, between the tank and the household water. That was still illegal, but I felt since it was never turned off it was safe enough. If you have the incoming water go through a tube with a hole in it at the high point, that will also prevent any back flow.
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Jart, yes that is what I meant regarding the possibility of the aquarium/filter water possibly being able to get into the potable water supply of the home.

People that use automatic drip systems or float valves on a sump system don't have the fresh water entering below the tank or sump water level.

As Hoppy mentioned, you want to prevent backflow from the aquarium/sump to your household water.
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:24 PM   #7
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What I ended up doing this weekend was to install a gator bite T fitting into my PB house plumbing. Then ran a small piece of cpvc to a 1/2" to 3/8" shut off value. All that is under the house. Then I ran the 3/8" up threw the floor to a shut off valve and a 90 degree elbow with a couple inches of pipe to fill the tank with.

It cost a bit more to have the 1/2" to 3/8" shut off valve under the floor but this way if I need to work on the upper portion all that needs to be done is shut off that valve.

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I'm glad you were able to figure out how to get the water supply closer to your tank. Keep us posted on the outcome of your project.
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