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white pvc can be dyed to hide in tank!

just wanted to post some info if some of you have DIY pvc return lines/spraybars that stand out like a sore thumb if they are white. I had this problem from using pvc to make my return lines in my tank. I dyed them black using rit brand dye. which is mainly used for cloths. just simmer water add dye and let parts sit for a while. add salt for deeper colors.

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I can attest to this. RT dye does the trick!


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You can also paint it. Fusion Krylon baby.


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You can also paint it. Fusion Krylon baby.
X2, I used Krylon for my pipes.
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The dye suggestion is very cleaver!

I went with clear PVC and it looks nice.

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Could we get some photos of this DIY coolness?
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They also make black PVC. It's a little pricier, but it's not bad. www.savko.com


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Could we get some photos of this DIY coolness?
Photos of the dyed PVC?

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Mental pictures are not helping me. Is it a true black or grey black. Not that it matters, but why not.
So yes, photos of dyed pvc
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If you use black and let it simmer a while it will be pure black it will be purple if you don't do it long enough. I accidentally forget them on my stove for 2 hours while watching tv. they have navy blue dye also which might be a better color. anything is better than white.

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Wow, timely! I bet this would work very well with clay pots!

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Here is a shot of some blue I did.


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also wanted to mention don't use heat too high it will shrink some fittings and warp pipe.

90 gallon planted rainbow fish/ community tank, pressurized C02, 2.8 wpg cf, eco-complete,

1-20 gallon breeding/growout
2-15 gallon breeding/growout
4-10 gallon breeding/growout

currently breeding hi fin red eye swordtails, kribensis, orange platys, trying others
DIY central sump filter w/auto water changing and auto water top off, DIY in-line co2 reactor.
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