FYI, 2'x4'x1/2" PVC sheet from Home Depot - The Planted Tank Forum
 1Likes
  • 1 Post By madmark285
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-30-2020, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2020
Posts: 13
FYI, 2'x4'x1/2" PVC sheet from Home Depot

Just trying to be helpful....

For a home improvement project (capping exterior wood windows), I found this product at Home Depot ie: sheets of cellular PVC. I assume it would be safe in aquarium, my guess it is the same PVC they use in non-pressure (sewer lines) pipe.

This is cellular PVC ie: it will float and has little structural strength. If building a sump with this stuff, I would include external support (3/4" plywood) just in case.

You can use regular heavy duty PVC cement but you still have to work quickly, it will set quickly. I would not use regular PVC cement. There is another product, Christys Red Hot White Adhesive, which cure much more slowly but I have not used it.

Some YouTube channels claim that Krylon Fusion spray paint is safe for aquarium use, not sure if this is true. If so, this would be a viable option internal device such as overflow boxes ie: paint them black. You can also use petroleum dyes mix with clear pipe cleaner but once again, no clue if this is safe for aquarium. From my personal experience, using dyes on PVC pipe is a pain in the a.., the color are very inconsistent.

If I setup a second tank, African Cichlids, I may use this stuff for a support system to create a rock wall ie: Mbuna Condo's! I may use it to create a shelves on my planted tank.

Issues for me, how to glue on gravel/sand to the PVC for blending in? Just cover it with silicon glue and toss on the sand or gravel? Can Gorilla Glue, a polyurethane glue, be used in a tank?

Acrylic is great stuff but expensive and in short supply with the COVID-19 pandemic . Anyways, pricing info...

2'x4'x1/2" $28
2'x4'x1/4" $17
4'x8'x1/2" $78 Note: this size has a texture on one side.

Mark
Oughtsix likes this.
madmark285 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-08-2020, 10:33 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Redmond, OR
Posts: 321
With all the plexiglass shields businesses are installing the price of acrylic sheets is going through the roof! My Home depot had a 18" x 18" sheet of 1/8" plexiglass for sale at $46. I went to the local glass business and got the sump baffle I needed for $15 with 1/4" glass.

Looking for alternative materials these days is a very good idea.
Oughtsix is online now  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome