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Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Denver, CO & Phang-Nga, Thailand
Best way to add plumbing to the output of a MaxiJet 600
Hello all -
I have a MaxiJet 600 powerhead which I'm mainly using to increase circulation in my tank. It's a corner tank so it's been tricky to get the flow right.
What I'd like to do is take my MJ 600 and :
1) Put a tube straight down from the intake and put a nice sponge filter there. To avoid fry getting sucked in and add a bit of mechanical filtration. I have some tiny tank residents and the little pre-filter is ok, but I figure why not add a bigger sponge.
2) Attach some hose to the output and have it go down about 6 inches, then to a T-connector that will send 50% of the output to the far corners of the tank.
According to the manual, the output has a 1/2 inch inner diameter. But, there are no barbs or ways to connect so I'm not sure how to do this.
I was thinking that I could go to the lfs and get some 1/2 ID tubing and just try to push it on to the output of the powerhead. I would also buy a t-connector and a few suction cups to hold it all together. The intake has a barbed connector so that should be easy.
Should I consider putting a bit of aquarium safe sealant to hold the tube onto the output, or will it probably be ok if I just stuff it on?
Also, will the lfs sell little vented caps for the water to output through? If the powerhead fails or is turned off I don't want anyone swimming up there!!
This seems pretty easy but it's new to be - any input much appreciated !!