Whether you use PVC pipe for a fish tank or another application, there are certain best practices you can follow when gluing it to achieve the best results.
Why I use PVC
When setting up a reef tank I like to hard plumb the tank to the sump with PVC pipe instead of using flexible tubing. If PVC pipe is properly installed it will be much less likely to spring a leak versus vinyl tubing. Yes, vinyl tubing is easier to work with versus PVC since it is flexible and can be bent in many different directions. Hose clamps will help to secure vinyl tubing to a barb fitting but the connection won’t be as bullet proof as PVC.
PVC will provide a long-lasting infrastructure for for filtration, although the work can be challenging and require many extra hours of labor. However, I firmly believe it is worth the extra effort. MORE