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I need some help with plumbing.

Over the weekend I got really tired of carrying buckets and gallons around for the water change and I went to the LFS to get me a pump. So I bought a Mag Drive 2. It's rated at 250gph and when I tried it out, I didn't have the necessary plumbing parts (ie, PVC pipes, tubes and etc.) so I had a tube that was small enough for the outlet and I shoved it in there to try it. Well, for the ghetto setup it worked fine. My water change, work and headaches were cut down to about 95%. I did nothing. I just point, aim and shoot. Man it's great.



Now I need help getting the necessary plumbing part. I know that the inlet is a 1/2" FPT and the outlet is 1/2" MPT. What should I get?

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Do you have a rough sketch of what you are thinking of building? This would help a lot...

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Now I need help getting the necessary plumbing part. I know that the inlet is a 1/2" FPT and the outlet is 1/2" MPT. What should I get?
Are you doing a permanent setup or one that you will be taking down? Are you using hoses or pipes?

I just set one of mine up gravity feed from the tank to a drain. All I needed was pipe, 90 degree elbows, a shutoff and and adapter to tie into the drain. On the water side I used a tee into existing water line, shutoff right there and then pipe and 90's to the tank and a shutoff right over the tank.
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It's going both ways. I was looking at the parts and stuff and I saw those slip connectors. Would those hold good enough? Cause I want to switch the output to the input when adding water and I don't really want to be undoing the connections all the time. So basically I'll be switching the outputs all the time.

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I'm going to buy tonight the parts so I wanted to know what I should get. It's not going to be a permanent plumbing. I want to be able to put it up and take it down with out any problems.

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Go to your local home improvement store, should find everything you need in the plumbing section. Siphon draining works fine I use 1" pvc connected to a garden hose. Pump fresh water in with the mag drive, I use 1/2" pvc connected to a garden hose. Several different ways of doing this. You can look at my DIY system (link below), parts required should be obvious, or search this forum for water changers.....DC

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I'm going to buy tonight the parts so I wanted to know what I should get. It's not going to be a permanent plumbing. I want to be able to put it up and take it down with out any problems.
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Thanks Spud. I saw the diy section and I now have a idea of what I"m going to do. Though your setup is for a much bigger project, the info is great and helpfull. Thanks again and also thanks for the replies.


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Actually I think standard garden hose connectors are 1/2" pipe thread. They are just have fewer threads and a rubber washer unlike standard 1/2" pipe threads that don't use a washer and have more threads. I would think you should be able to connect them together without leaks, but you might wanna try it outside first to be sure.
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