Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Calgary, Canada
I've designed the system with an inlet manifold and an outlet manifold. There's three lines between them:
1. Bypass - allows flow to not go through 2 and 3.
2. UV Sterilizer and nothing else right now.
3. Heat, temp, pH, CO2, fert-in 1, fert-in 2, water in and water out.
In the mock up design I've placed ball valves at the beginning and end of the three paths (except bypass exhaust) so that I can isolate/regulate flow. I'm anticiapating that I'll have leaks and want to make changes along the way so I'm willing to 'overdo' it upfront.
I'd like to use a valve/union combo to join my 1 inch schedule 40 PVC to save space. Incidentally, it wouldn't cost any more than a screw type union($5-$6not a simple fitting but a rejoinable union) and a ball valve ($7).
I'm not sure I'm using the right terminology, but that's what the website calls them. I'm after something that accepts the slip fitting of 1 inch pvc on both ends but has a detachable function.