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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-16-2008, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Custom Plumbing Question

I'm fixing to start doing some custom plumbing for my tank and I had a question. I have used regular pvc pipe glue in the past to do things around the house but can you use this same glue to do plumbing for an aquarium or do you need a special kind? Thanks All!
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As long as you give it enough time to cure the solvents will be gone and it should be safe. I usually let it cure a week (probably overkill). I've been using DIY PVC overflows on many of my tanks for quite some time now, and all of them were built with typical solvent based products (Oatley, I believe). Just make sure you use enough so there aren't any small leaks.
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I have never seen any ill effects. For my personel stuff, I usually let it set up and then run the system for a week before draining the system to start it up. I let it run to make sure it does not leak, that would suck.

On a side note, make sure you have shut off valves where water leaves and enters the aquarium, just in case there is a leak. Would suck to have a plumbing leak and not be able to stop the water flow.
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Standard PVC glue doesn't bother fish. I've even done emergency repairs on marine tanks where I could only let the glue set for 20 minutes before turning back on and there was no indication of toxicity. I usually let it sit for a day or two just in case.

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Actually I've also looked into this.. and found:

I already bought a small jar, to test it out, will let you know how good it is.

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