View Full Version : Plumbing a new tank, can someone look over this for potential problems?

04/01/2011, 10:57 AM
I'm in the process of setting up my new tank and would like others to look over my plumbing to make sure I'm not missing something that may lead to a potential disaster. Fittings are cut and stuck together, but are not cemented.

Overflow box has two drains(1.25" durso style) and two returns(3/4"). At the bulkheads the drains narrow to 1" pipes. All drains have true union ball valves installed to control flow and shut off. Right drain tee's to the sump with an additional for a fuge. One drain line lies on top of the sump, the other is installed in a bulkhead(tank was drilled previously, figured I'd use it instead of plugging).

Returns are tee'ed left and right. The left tee goes to a 1/2" ball valve for a media reactor and then a second tee for a water change valve(comes out right above drain lines in sump in the pic's). The right one goes straight back to the return, but I have left room to plumb in a tee in case I need to install my chiller. I'm hoping that with an ATI PM 10x54w ~ 6"-10" off the water that I won't need to. Below are the links, thanks for taking the time to look!





04/01/2011, 12:45 PM
Plumbing looks good but I would have primed and glued the joints.

04/01/2011, 01:39 PM
Plumbing looks good but I would have primed and glued the joints.

They will be before filling, lol. I was just making the cuts and doing pipe fittings before finalizing. :)

04/01/2011, 04:37 PM
looks good

04/01/2011, 08:23 PM
suggest look into a Herbie drain, basically just replace one of your drain ball valves with a gate valve.

Had run dual Dursos and switching to the Herbie made a huge difference, The Dursos top side were quiet but did allow/cause gurgling and bubbling in lines and sump, zero with the Herbie.

04/02/2011, 09:17 AM
Thanks Rwinfrey!

das75 - I'm going to re-read the "herbie" method today if I get a chance while at work. I know that I've read through it in the past and remember it scaring me for some reason.

What concerns me currently with my drains is that they run down then 90* left for about 20", just wondering if this is going to cause any issues? In the past I've aways had a way that my drains could drains head south, not south > west > then south again. Just hate to make a huge plumbing mistake.

04/02/2011, 02:01 PM
Keep in mind that when you prime/glue the pipe, it will go farther into the fittings than it will when dry!