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Unread 03/13/2009, 06:17 AM   #1
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Stupid question?

I have had my sump set up for about two years. Am I supposed to take apart the plumbing and clean the lines etceterait on some regular basis?


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Unread 03/13/2009, 07:38 AM   #2
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depending on how dirty it is


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Unread 03/14/2009, 10:06 AM   #3
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I would not in particular.
Just do routine maintenance regarding salt creep, maybe siphon out detritus buildup.


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Unread 03/14/2009, 10:23 AM   #4
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so, the plumbing doesn't routinely build up and slow down flow?


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Unread 03/14/2009, 10:33 AM   #5
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I have read that the diameter of the plumbing will decrease over time but honestly, I have tanks running for quite a while and have never went to the effort of breaking down the pvc pipes to clean them.


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Unread 03/14/2009, 02:57 PM   #6
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What are the size of your pipes? The pipes inside will never build up enoughto restrict the flow. Actually as the pipes get older they builg up a thin film inside that cuts down on the turbulance inside the pipe that create small air bubbles so it helps get rid of those small air bubbles. No need to touch the pipes unless something gets inside.


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Unread 03/14/2009, 04:54 PM   #7
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Great thanks. One less thing to worry about.


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Unread 03/16/2009, 09:31 AM   #8
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Well, I was thinking more about preventing leaks. I know on my Pool that leaks occur and was just thinking that if I was prudent (I am not), I should every once in a while replace the plumbing so I would prevent a leak. However, probably a leak would not so be bad, as a burst pipe (then I would cry)...

Thanks for your feedback.


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Unread 03/16/2009, 10:03 AM   #9
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Chlorine is a main culprit in pool leaks it just drys out pipes. We dont have that issue in reefing. If it's not leaking from the get go it wont develope a leak unless the pipes take a MAJOR hit or if you start playing with them. If it's not broke dont fix it.


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Unread 03/16/2009, 11:58 AM   #10
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Oneway,

I like all of what you said. Makes my life easier. I would hate to replumb my tank and sump...

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Unread 03/16/2009, 05:02 PM   #11
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I have mine plumbed down into my basement for about 8-9 years or longer with the same PVC/Flex pipes. I know there is calcium deposits, but it still flow pretty good. It's directly below the tank so there aren't any 45/90* angles which would accumilate more deposits/detris.


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