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Plumbing water barrels together...

I am currently in the process of plumbing 2 water barrels together. Of course, my local home depot blows chunks. They only had one type of pvc cement. (and of course a million little cans of it).

Anyways, I picked some up hoping to god it was safe for fish. I get home goto the website, it says

"Recommended for ALL grades and types of PVC pipe and fittings, potable water, pressure pipe, gas, conduit and DWV."

If I remember correctly, someone said, "as long as it's potable water safe, it's safe for fish."

Anyways here's the link for the only kind they had. Oatey PVC Rain-R-Shine® Blue Cement

Stuff is thicker than what I am used to working with. Thoughts?

I woke up one morning and realized my living room turned into a fish store!!! HELP!!!!
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I just used regular old pvc cement when I made my reactor. Just don't over due it with the glue. Just put enough on the joint to make it seal without it running out all over the place. Let it dry real good, maybe a day or two, and then wash it real good. I didn't have any trouble at all.

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I always use enough to run out, better to wipe off wet glue on pvc now than mop up an emptied tank later. Twist the fittings when putting it together and ensure the fittings are seated against the pipe, I use a 2x4 and hammer it when assembling. That is the stuff they use to hold plumbing in houses together and none of my fish have died. When plumbing the two barrels together make sure you have a way to purge the pvc of air to keep a siphon going. Pics are below in the Water Filtration/Storage/Distribution link.......DC
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Joetee - I can't use whats not available. They only had one kind of cement. Thats why I asked the question. I've seen other posts in many other places, and everyone uses the brown label, but only the blue label was in stock.

DC - I saw your design. I was wondering why you did it like that. I just drilled the bottom and put in bulkheads, and then tee'd them together. I have helped setup water barrels for other people and never had a problem doing this.

Of course, the entire bottom has to be supported except for the opening large enough for the connections. Since you said, you have used the blue stuff and none of your fishes died, then I'll just make sure it's nice and cured before I add water.

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Water barrels? I suspect most, if not all, of this stuff is fairly inert once it cures. Circulate some water through it for an hour or so after you glue everything together and I should think you wouldn't have any problems. As you pointed out, it is supposed to be for potable water. Although on the other hand as many of us know to our chagrin, what's non-toxic for us may not necessarily be non-toxic to aquatic life --- especially invertebrates.

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the blue stuff is more expensive than the standard PVC cement, but dries faster and can be used in damp conditions.

Don't forget the purple primer.

Once it's fully cured and the solvent has all evaporated, it's inert. If you can't smell it anymore, you're good to go.
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I use Oatey purple primer and the standard Oatey PVC cement.

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