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Unread 11/28/2019, 11:06 PM   #1
Darth Vedder
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Drilled/Bulkhead for power gear wires etc?

So has anyone routed their wires through the back of a tank through a bulkhead or something similar?

I hate going over the top for power heads etc.

I was thinking a small bulkhead near the top of the back panel that has a 90 fitted to the outside of the tank so the top of the 90 is above the water level (near flush with top of tank) that I could fish wires through for a cleaner look without risk of leaking?

Anyone do this or something similar?

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Unread 11/29/2019, 04:31 PM   #2
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Be careful-- not advised to be close to a glass edge & drilling a hole.

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Unread 11/29/2019, 07:08 PM   #3
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I have routed them up through PVC in an overflow. Problem is you need a pretty large diameter tube unless you plan to cut the ends off the power cords to feed them through. Even bigger to go through 90s. I would have the exit point well above water level to prevent possible issues.

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Unread 11/30/2019, 07:39 AM   #4
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I think @slief has done this with his power heads.

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Unread 12/04/2019, 10:00 PM   #5
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I did this exact same thing on a Nuvo20 and it worked really well. Since the rear chamber is a lower waterline, I was able to drill lower to avoid cracking.

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Unread 12/05/2019, 12:58 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by GQuinn View Post
I think @slief has done this with his power heads.
He had his tank drilled for closed loop I believe. He capped them and ran the wires through the caps and elbows. I believe he then sealed the caps to make sure no water got out but this also makes it so you cannot slide the power cord anywhere. So if doing to that way you need enough slack in it so allow for removal of the pump for cleaning and service.


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