06-27-2010, 07:06 AM
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Ok, I need some suggestions on plumbing. I have a 75gal tank that I will be using for African cichlids and it will be filtered via 2xfluval 405 canisters. I already have to replace the ribbed hose since they were both cut for different tanks. I would like to do some custom plumbing work for the two filters. Iíve read to use vinyl tubing it needs to be 5/8Ē I.D. is this correct? I plan on keeping the intake that came with the filters and running them on opposite sides of the tank. For the return I was thinking of using something like a U tube or PVC 45*s and then use ball and socket connectors with the flare nozzles (3/4Ē fittings). I would like to make duel returns for each filter using the ball and socket connectors, a y adapter, and two of the flare nozzles to have a multidirectional flow path. I am also looking at using plexiglass in the back corners to make something that will hide the intake tubes, I was going to cutting long slits the length of the plexiglass or drill several holes so water and debris can be pulled into the intake, is this a good idea? I am going to be painting the back of the tank and enough on the side of the tank black to cover where the plexiglass is. Iím trying to hide as much of the filter plumbing as possible, Iím even looking at getting two inline heaters, looking at the Hydor 200watt models I figured two would be enough to keep the water temp right, two small heaters wouldnít have to work as hard as one large heater. As I have said I have two Hydor Koralia powerheads that Iím thinking about using in the tank, but I would also like to do an UGJ system so I donít know if I need that much flow. I mean is there too much flow with cichlids? If there isnít I will use them, if there is I will use them elsewhere. Iíve read lots about the UGJ systems and I donít know what would be good for me, should I do a solid loop with two powerheads or do two separate systems? Iím new to the UGJ systems so I donít know much about them only what Iíve read. What size water pump should I use for one? Well thatís enough for now. I hope I get answers for all of this.