Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Newbury Park, CA
I cleverly painted my substrate level spray bar black then decided to go with the beige wall behind the tank as a back drop. It isn't as obtrusive as I thought it would be - it is getting covered by plants. The down pipe just looks like a reflection of the black silicone corner of the tank. I painted a cover for the lighting cords the color of the wall as they must go down the center of the tank, looks just like a shadow. Match the background to the plumbing!
My acrylic overflow cleans up nice. I would trust myself with acrylic pipes rather than glass. Once the tank gets going you may not need to clean piping weekly but the more handling the more likely there will be a tragic accident.
I love my sump, the perfect water surface, never topping off and all the equipment out of the tank. How could you use a sump with lily pipes?