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Old 04-21-2011, 01:52 PM   #11
 
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That is a very cool idea and would be visually appealing. It's a more decorative version of what you proposed.
Aqua-Bridge
You might want to DIY this, it doesn't look like the aqua-bridge is for sale anymore? The web site doesn't seem to work, but you can try emailing them I suppose. Should be easy enough to build out of sheet plexiglass and the proper solvent (not silicone), assuming you have access to a table saw or equivalent! I guess you get water into the aqua-bridge by removing the air from the system, pulling the water up into the bridge?

Here is a DIY setup that looks easier to put together:
http://www.bio-elite.com/waterbridge.htm
This looks very easy to do!

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Old 04-21-2011, 02:48 PM   #12
 
an aqua bridge can be made with clear pvc piping, 2 pvc pipe joints, and a bracket to lock it to the tank. The hardest part is probably finding clear pvc pipes, everything else is basic drilling holes, screwing things together, and using epoxy or weld-on. No need to cut plexi to exact sizes and things like that. It's just a lot of time that needs to be dedicated to testing it and patience waiting for the bonding agent to cure.
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Old 04-21-2011, 04:37 PM   #13
 
Here's a link for home made bridge.

http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums...a-fish-bridges
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Old 04-21-2011, 05:34 PM   #14
 
dang, that link features a really good setup. Nice find.
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:37 PM   #15
 
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The only thing to remember is that you aren't ever going to find clear "PVC". Those clear tubes are made of acrylic ("plexiglass"). It looks like the cool DIY setups linked by GraphicGr8s use silicone to seal the acrylic tubes to PVC connections. Silicone does not bond with acrylic, you have to use an adhesive/glue designed for acrylic. The silicone will help make a waterproof seal, but does not add much structural/bonding strength to the joint. The Weld-on mentioned is good stuff and pretty cheap on Amazon.com

Still think the link I posted has a more finished look (scroll down the linked page for picts), and it's DIY also.

You can find acrylic tubing lots of places. www.tapplastics.com has the tubing up to 6" diameter and 6' in length for about $95. It's not cheap.

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Old 04-21-2011, 11:45 PM   #16
 
um, Clear PVC Pipe and Fittings - Alsco Industrial Products
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Old 04-22-2011, 10:27 AM   #17
 
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OOPS! Goes without saying - absolute statements have a way of biting me in the "dorsal fin"
My apologies, thanks for the correction of my error

With SinCrisis' link showing the options, the structures that could be made boggle the mind!

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Old 04-22-2011, 04:15 PM   #18
 
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Beat me to it.
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Old 04-22-2011, 04:37 PM   #19
 
pvc and acrylic are both plastics, clear pvc isn't true clear PVC, its tinted. If you need glass level clearness, then you need to buy the tubes as DKRST says.
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Beat me to it.
SinCrisis - Thanks for the PVC/acrylic clarification, I still should have fact-checked more carefully!
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