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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-20-2018, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Supporting PVC

Today I am finishing the filling of my tank but I am a bit worried about the long run of unsupported PVC for my return. I have a clamp to use for the horizontal length of tubing but there’s no easy way to support the vertical portion. Essentially it’s just two elbows that are hanging it off of the side of the tank.

Does this need to have additional support? I saw clamps on amazon for heaters that have suction cups but not sure if that would be sufficient or not. To add, it sits a few inches away from the back of the tank too (I did great cementing everything together by eye LOL).
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I believe you'll be fine, but I tend to be conservative on my supports. I would install a pedestal/column type support off the floor or cabinet stand to raise the return tube just a slight amount so all the weight is not on the aquarium rim. A inverted T-base could be wedged in place between the stand and floor moulding to secure the base.

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I would not bother as the PVC is very durable. In the shop we often make racks for drying things using PVC pipe. We tend to have a barrel of junk parts and it often gets reused and can hold near a ton of other junk!
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