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They're really cool looking, and I understand the reasoning behind the different designs. So why would they make them out of glass when they could use acrylic for a much sturdier solution.

Does an acrylic lily pipe exist? If so, then why aren't they more popular?

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There are the surface skimmer type Lilly pipes that acrylic parts. In years past you did see clear Acrylic piping on equipment. Many people don’t clean their equipment often. Clear pipes get dirty and it will show. Green or black piping gets dirty but you don’t see it.
Also clean acrylic becomes brittle over time as it doesn’t have the filler that black and green piping does. So you get breakage.
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Well that makes sense. Thanks! Now I can stop looking for acrylic ones.

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Another reason could be that acrylic scratches and you have to scrub lily pipes fairly often.
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Acrylic scratches very easily and looks like dirt after a while. Glass ones will last decades if you take care of them.
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You can make them. I had some years ago that someone here made and sold. They were decent. I'm using stainless steel pipes now. I like the looks. Not sure how they'll hold up over the long-term...some of the reviews reported rusting issues. Guess we'll see.


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... and you have to scrub lily pipes fairly often.
So how often is "fairly often"?

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Based on my unsuccessful attempts at a high-tech tank, every few weeks!

In all seriousness, I think you should plan to scrub them every 6-8 weeks. If you go with glass, I recommend that you buy two sets so that you can rotate them and so that you have a spare if you break a pipe connecting/disconnecting it from your tubing.

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Based on my unsuccessful attempts at a high-tech tank, every few weeks! <a href="https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/images/PlantedTank_net_2015/smilies/tango_face_grin.png" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" >:-)</a>

In all seriousness, I think you should plan to scrub them every 6-8 weeks. If you go with glass, I recommend that you buy two sets so that you can rotate them and so that you have a spare if you break a pipe connecting/disconnecting it from your tubing.
Got it. Thanks! More and more to consider. &#x1f642;

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If you don't wait to long you could also use 50/50 bleach/water to clean them without scrubbing. I've been losing glass lily pipes for around 10 years and I broke around 3-4 during that time. There are more and more acyrlic ones on the market now, both lily pipes and co2 diffusers.
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