If you’re like many other people in quarantine, your head is probably starting to swim with ideas of the environment around you in your home. The energy you would normally invest in your workplace and the ambition that carries you through your weeks is most likely driving you crazy with a slower pace. Any of the DIY ideas that have been lingering around are now front and center, since there are no more excuses about not having the time! If one of your better ideas involved installing a custom aquarium, you might belong to a lesser group of the other people in quarantine, but who is to say you can’t follow the advice in this article for DIY aquarium plumbing installation tips to help with creating that beautiful display you have been imagining.
The first order of business is to determine how to go about getting the water from your sump into your display tank. There are several variables to consider here to make sure the job is done right, and the job we know that needs to be done is going to be plumbing. Now when it comes to the plumbing of an aquarium, there are two different methods you can use. (Of course there is a third method of doing it however you want, but we do not guarantee the results!) There is soft way and a hard way, and this article today will outline the soft way for this particular project.
Soft plumbing is a lot like its name implies. It is done primarily with soft, flexible tubing that is used to connect the components of your plumbing together. The tubes are mostly made of a strong silicone or vinyl material. Flexible pipes like these give your project the ability to have an adaptable placement and the freedom of movement you would not get with hard plumbing. It also makes for a faster job, seeing as cutting and connecting the tubes between fittings is much quicker and easier.
Some cons of soft plumbing do exist, and they are also important to consider before your project. Soft materials like silicone and vinyl tubing can kink if not maneuvered properly and impede the flow of water. Another possibility is for tubing to cause the fittings to pop-up. Lastly, vinyl tubing in particular has a tendency to crack with age. Aside from silicone and vinyl tubing, you may want to consider the option of braided nylon tubing, which can also be a little difficult to work with. Be sure to weigh these positives and negatives to determine which solution you think is best for your project.
Next, we are going to look at how to work with the barb fittings. Both of our types of soft tubing will be pushed over the barb fittings. In order to make these connections, you will need to size the barb fitting to the size that matches the tubing. For example, if you are using a 1 inch silicone or vinyl tube, you will need to use a 1 inch barb fitting. Be sure that you push the tube completely onto the barb until it comes completely against the backside of the fitting. If you are having trouble, use a heat gun or a blow drier on the end of the tube to make it more pliable!
Choosing to add a hose clamp at this stage will add even more protection to your soft plumbing will help keep it secure. Moving forward without a hose clamp may only work in the short term, ad the tubing can bottom out from the barb. These hose clamps will be exposed to enough moisture to rust over time, so be sure to use titanium hose clamps. Plastic alligator clamps also work great around reef tanks as well as other underwater connections.
These tips are designed to make your DIY aquarium installation easier and more simple to accomplish. If you are not experienced with aqariums but still would like to enjoy a custom installed tank in your home, give Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. a call today at (615) 227-2811. We will help install any plumbing fixture in your home safely and properly to keep your home safe from any property damage and the fixture working right.