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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-15-2010, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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a new project, enclosing both filter intakes

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Hi, in my tank I have 2 filter inlets for my 2 eheims. Looking at green pipes isnt the best thing ever. Since I want to have fish in my tank I decided to enclose both pipes in a tube and use stainless steel mesh on the bottom as the intake so it wont suck in shrimp.

Why dont I use the little shrimp safe filters on the intake ends??? Becasue it cloggs fast with debris. So essentially if I create a big enough surface area for the stainless steel then it wont clogg that fast, and it hides my intakes.

Also I am going to incorporate a spare water pump on top for circulation. It will be hidden but will help circulate some water.

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I went to taps plastic and they didnt have any 3.5'' pvc tubing but they had this type of clear acrylic vinyl flexable tubing, I think it was meant for poster transportation or something.

1. Is that acrylic vinyl material safe in an aquarium?

2. If I cant find anything in BLACK can I paint it, what paints are safe for inside an aquarium?

I wouldnt mind going to home depot and picking up their black pvc piping, but I still would have to paint it...

3. What stainless steel mesh do you guys use, I used this stuff before that was for screen doors, it was good but I want to know if there is anything better


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Krylon paint is tank safe. just be sure to sandpaper the shiny surface of any PVC you are painting so that it sticks and does not peel off.

Not sure on the vinyl, but I'd assume it's aquarium safe?

Don't know about the steel mesh.
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How long do You have to let the paint dry before It goes into the tank?


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How long do You have to let the paint dry before It goes into the tank?
I'd follow the krylon paint instructions for when they say the paint is fully dry and able to be worked with. whatever the max time is... not the time that the paint can be handled.


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is ABS plastic like the ones at taps plastic aquarium safe? The guy said there can be toxins in there


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ABS is fine to use, it will not leach toxins.
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I wonder if it will look ugly if I put a moss wall on it to hide it. I wonder if the moss will upsept the look of my tank?>


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Let the Krylon dry for 7 days. I don't think it is toxic in less time, but I've noticed it very easily scratches/flakes off otherwise.

After a week, the coating is pretty tough.
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