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Affordable supply sources for DYIer?

My fellow DIYers,

Where do you get your materials at reasonable cost? I am looking for some rigid acrylic tubing vendor in the US. TAP Plastics has some decent offerings here.

I will also be needing some plumbing pieces (connectors, elbows.) I would like to know good sources for such supplies.

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http://www.usplastic.com/
http://www.aquaticeco.com/
Those are the two that I have used most often, check them out; I find it fun to just browse.

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Why acrylic tubing? If you are going to be building a CO2 reactor plain old white PVC pipe works just fine and is much cheaper, easier to work with, and available. Also note that PVC fittings don't fit acrylic tubing.

You can get clear PVC.
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It's worth mentioning that the free aquaticeco catalog is to die for. It's well worth the 5 minutes it takes to request it from their web page.

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Thank you for your input everybody.

I found AquaticEco site after making original post. So far it seems to be the winner. I haven't checked JehmCo site yet.

Rex, I am playing with the idea of a power sponge filter (power head, some tubing, sponge) as a replacement of my TetraTec Whisper filter. My cherry shrimp started carrying eggs and I don't want babies get sucked into the filter. I have the sponge and power head coming already and just need some tubing for connections and return (to the other side of the tank for gentle flow) I think I'll be needing some 1/2" ID tubing. It doesn't have to necessarily be acrylic. If these diameteres are available in PVC I'd certainly get those. I might also consider hooking up a CO2 reactor inline later.

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If I were going to raise shrimp I would go with a 10 gallon tank, an air pump, a sponge filter and lots of hornwort. I might not even put substrate it in. If I wanted larger plants I would go with Java Fern. That way there is NO filter for the baby shrimp to deal with.
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Sponge filters are a definite advantage for shrimp breeding tanks. That's what I'm using.

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If I were going to raise shrimp I would go with a 10 gallon tank, an air pump, a sponge filter and lots of hornwort. I might not even put substrate it in. If I wanted larger plants I would go with Java Fern. That way there is NO filter for the baby shrimp to deal with.
You're absolutely right about that. However, I didn't build this tank with shrimp breeding in mind and I don't feel like rebuilding this tank soon, not in the near 3-4 months anyway.

One reason I didn't want air-powered sponge filter is the noise and splashing it makes. Ok, I could fix the splashing issue, but not the noise. Besides, I might also put a small CO2 reactor inline with the filter.

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One reason I didn't want air-powered sponge filter is the noise and splashing it makes. Ok, I could fix the splashing issue, but not the noise. Besides, I might also put a small CO2 reactor inline with the filter.
You don't need an air pump. I use a power head, get great flow and no unusual noise and no spashing. That makes it conducive to CO2 injection, if you've a mind to doing that. It's beside the point a little since you don't want to redo the tank any time soon, but just for reference...

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The powerhead and foam order is arriving today. I'll be ordering plumbing parts soon, once I finalize some design details.

I will post some pictures once the project is underway. I finally got my camera last night

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I found 2 more cherries with eggs. That makes it 3 so far. I have perhaps another one or two adult females old enough to breed. The rest are still juveniles.

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