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This topic contains 10 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by  Mark Duffill 9 years, 3 months ago.

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    Mark Duffill
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    As asked for by Dunc, a few pictures showing how I built my river tank manifold.

    The manifold itself is made up of 20mm white PVC piping that can be bought from any DIY store

    The first choice I had to make was the filtration side of things, either filter canisters or pieces of pipe with lots of holes drilled in with sponge slid over – I ended up going with the cartridges.

    Next mounting the powerheads

    The next step is the main section of the manifold, the centre pipes are a must to help hold the manifold down

    Once the desired setup is achieved it can be put into the tank and gravel or sand added

    Finally decor is added

    Some people have built these and glued the joints but I found that with this particular piping the joints are pretty tight and any that were not toght enough I added some thread tape to the pipe before pushing on the joint.

    If anyone has any questions feel free to ask

    #310721

    dunc
    Keymaster

    That’s superb Mark, thanks very much.

    Where did you get your pipes? Am just gonna head to Wickes I think.

    Attaching the powerheads.. what did you do for that? I notice a bit of pipe to raise them off the ground.. then what did you do for actually attaching the powerheads to that bit of pipe? Did you botch something up or just use a special piece?

    Did you get specific lengths of pipes for the long pieces? If so, what size? My tank is the same size as yours

    #310722

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Shifted to equipment forum. Slacky site staff…

    #310724

    dunc
    Keymaster

    Don’t try making yourself look clever Matt, I already moved it!*

    *may not be true

    #310725

    Mark Duffill
    Participant

    QUOTE (dunc @ Oct 3 2008, 11:31 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Where did you get your pipes? Am just gonna head to Wickes I think.

    Pipe and joints all from B&Q

    QUOTE (dunc @ Oct 3 2008, 11:31 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Attaching the powerheads.. what did you do for that? I notice a bit of pipe to raise them off the ground.. then what did you do for actually attaching the powerheads to that bit of pipe? Did you botch something up or just use a special piece?

    The piece between the power head and the straight connector is a cut down section of one of these I just took the base of the power head with me and found something that fitted between both pieces.

    QUOTE (dunc @ Oct 3 2008, 11:31 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Did you get specific lengths of pipes for the long pieces? If so, what size?

    The pipe comes in 2m or 3m lengths in B&Q – I think I used 4 or 5 lengths

    #310790

    ndc
    Participant

    you may have to be careful with the type of pipe – some you can buy has built in fungicides which arent suitable for fish

    #312494

    dunc
    Keymaster

    Mark I’m having huge problems with my manifold tank

    #312495

    Mark Duffill
    Participant

    I fiddles around with mine quite a lot to keep the flow rates up and have ended up using these Sponges they seem to be very good and are a tight fit for the filter canisters. I have also added lengths of the 20mm pipe into the centres of the sponges like the pieces above that are full of holes which stops the sponges collapsing when they are full of gunk.

    I originally used an 8mm drill bit to drill the holes in the first pipes but this time I have used a 13mm flat bit which keeps the flow going a lot better and lets the water pass through more of the sponge, just drill as many holes as you can while keeping the pipe walls rigid.

    #312497

    dunc
    Keymaster

    Ahh I see. Those cartridges just didn’t seem to be the answer. I went to Barratts but QUEL SURPRISE they didn’t have anything even remotely appropriate other than a square of pond filter media. I’m gonna try and cable tie it in to a circle as a temporary solution, just to see if the flow rates increase. If it works I’ll order a couple of the sponges you just linked – cheers.

    Am drilling the pipes now

    #312501

    dunc
    Keymaster

    The flow on the sponges is.. fairly massive

    #312509

    Mark Duffill
    Participant

    Nice one Dunc, you should see a big improvement over the other stuff in how long you keep good flow. I was using old style fluval sponges but they clogged faster than these I am using now.

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