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Spray Bar for my Fluval 305

Hey guys and girls

I've been looking into a spray bar for my fluval 305 with no luck. So, I made my own.
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It's made from 1/4 inch pvc pipe I cut to 2 feet capped the end and added an L to it. The rubber end of the outflow fits perfect and tight. This is a work in progress. Meaning I'm looking for a black pipe to hide in the back ground better. But I just wanted to see how it works.
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Spray paint it with krylon fusion paint. I've made these for my 305 using cpvc pipe because it comes in smaller diameter then regular pvc pipe. Afterwards I spray painted them to blendin to the black background.

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Just a question: What benefit over the standard output hose does a spray bar have?

I'm just curious because if it's anything significant I may still this idea and claim it as my own.
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With a spray bar you get a softer flow throughout the tank. Great for fish that don't like a strong current. I spaced the holes 1 inch apart and made a second row pointing down on an angle spaced 2 inches. Mine is 2 ft, and that covers almost the entire back of my tank. When I run my hand over the bar the water flow all the way along is nice and even. This is still in testing with hole sizes. I used a 1/8th drill bit for the holes.

This is my first spray bar so I'm still working on it and to see if I have any issues with water movement and dead zones in my tank.

I'm in the process of re-doing my tank with Fluorite Black Sand, a switch from regular black fluorite. I'll keep ya posted on my findings with this setup.

Perhaps if anyone uses a spray bar they can chime in on what they think are some pros and cons over just the single output.
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Is that paint safe to use in an aquarium?


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