SCA 120 Gallon Reef Tank | Ep.4 | Plumbing - Herbie Drain & Manifold Install

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DeAndre Ellison
DeAndre Ellison - 7 years ago
Nice, quick tip for anyone reading... use a piece of PVC pipe to lower the bulkheads into the holes of the overflow..
Man Cave Reef
Man Cave Reef - 6 years ago
it looks very nice and clean.. As of right now I'm in the process of making manifold in a filter room to make my life easy... Thumbs up
Samuel Diaz
Samuel Diaz - 6 years ago
Bro your like my hero. You use *cheap and brand name things and give honest review . I’m building the 150 SC tank and I wanted to use a jebao pump but everyone told me NOO that they where cheap
Matthew Gordon
Matthew Gordon - 6 years ago
If you are ever looking for clear on clear plumbing primer you can get weld on p-68 and cement clear weld on 705 on amazon or some other online site... I never have any luck finding the clear primer locally... just future reference
Rashade Haynes II
Rashade Haynes II - 6 years ago
Kendrick and Reefing ... dope channel
Taylor Reeves
Taylor Reeves - 6 years ago
Yo CJ, working on my new build..going to be alot of plumbing...did you get all your parts from BRS or did you find a cheaper place online...damn this stuff is expensive.
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 6 years ago
Taylor Reeves supplyhouse.com has the cheapest pvc parts... I got color pvc and gate valves from brs
Jakes
Jakes - 6 years ago
Man this loos sweet, good job!!
Taylor Reeves
Taylor Reeves - 6 years ago
Yo CJ! Where on your skimmer does the outside air line attach? How is your PH now by doing this?
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 6 years ago
Taylor Reeves I ran it from the silencer input... recently I swapped it to run directly off the Venturi due to condensation building up inside the silence. 100 degree air from outside meeting the cool tank wasn't a good thing... ph increased drastically
Brian Rinehart
Brian Rinehart - 6 years ago
Man clean build CJ! Subscribed.

10. comment for SCA 120 Gallon Reef Tank | Ep.4 | Plumbing - Herbie Drain & Manifold Install

JCS Reefing
JCS Reefing - 6 years ago
What up CJ. Just curious on the Gate valve did you get the Spears one from BRS or there ecconomy one? Also, how much Colored PVC did ya buy?
JCS Reefing
JCS Reefing - 6 years ago
CJ'S AQUARIUMS thanks man!
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 6 years ago
JCS Reefing used the brs gate valve... figured I wouldn't go cheap on something I'll be depending on not seizing up... I got 3 pieces of blue pvc... after a few wrong cuts the extra saved me. Had 3/4 of a piece left over at the end..
Lawrence Byrd
Lawrence Byrd - 6 years ago
Can you post the sizes and where you got the plumbing, I wanna replicate this, especially for the self cleaning
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 6 years ago
supplyhouse.com and BRS is where i got the plumbing.. all 1'' and 1/2'' size pieces.. dont have full list thought I had alot of leftovers
Heavygun1450
Heavygun1450 - 7 years ago
What website did you buy all of your PVC parts Cj?
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 6 years ago
supplyhouse.com and BRS
EDK ReefMeister
EDK ReefMeister - 7 years ago
Nice dude. So the baffle on the left is for a small strip of filter floss?
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
yes thats where i put my mechanical media.. there are still a few other adjustments to make for it to be more effective
FADETOBLACK
FADETOBLACK - 7 years ago
Found it Cj !
Kyle Fauth
Kyle Fauth - 7 years ago
Loving the build CJ keep the videos coming.
Trihope140.6
Trihope140.6 - 7 years ago
I love how you are showing us everything involved. Still trying to understand how the plumbing works. If I understand, the return pump is pumping part of the water back to the tank and part of the water to the algae scrubber and reactor which goes back in the pump?

Curious, where did you learn about plumbing and have any good sources where I can learn more?
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
Trihope140.6 yes larger pump is needed when feeding multiple peaces of equipment. I oversized mine to be safe. Didn't know for sure what size would have worked and have enough power
Trihope140.6
Trihope140.6 - 7 years ago
CJ'S AQUARIUMS Do you have to get a larger pump to account for the reduction in flow back to the aquarium? Not sure if I am wording hat correctly but hopefully you understand what I mean.
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
thats pretty much it... all of the water eventually makes it to the display and drains back down into the sump.... I dont have any links but google and youtube will show u alot the rest is just experience..
Marlon's C
Marlon's C - 7 years ago
so even the gate valve came from supply house? What about the bulkhead? I also noticed there is no check valve?
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
gate valve came from BRS my mistake... everything else cam from the supply house site
Marlon's C
Marlon's C - 7 years ago
CJ'S AQUARIUMS I've looked for the gate valves but can't find them do you have a link to the one you ordered. I'm setting up my tank and buying the fittings
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
Marlon's C yes they have all valves and bulkheads u may need... no need for check valves if you have a properly sized sump. It will never flood
reef guy 92
reef guy 92 - 7 years ago
what salt do u use CJ?
Marlon's C
Marlon's C - 7 years ago
So for ball and gate valves did you have to get 1 1/4 inch valves?

20. comment for SCA 120 Gallon Reef Tank | Ep.4 | Plumbing - Herbie Drain & Manifold Install

BERELEAH
BERELEAH - 7 years ago
Wow great job keep it coming. Just wondering what u used to paint the return black?
BERELEAH
BERELEAH - 7 years ago
Thanks, is any spray paint ok or it has to be this one?
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
BERELEAH plasti dip spray
Marlon's C
Marlon's C - 7 years ago
so is the manifold on the output of the return pump?
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
in this video the manifold has a end cap.. so water flow down into the sump from the display... watch ep.5 for a real look at the tank with water running.. will give you a better idea
Marlon's C
Marlon's C - 7 years ago
CJ'S AQUARIUMS and where does it go back into the Sump? where does it sump off?
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
yes.. output of the return pump is split off.. half to the manifold other half straight back to the tank..
Scott Nelson
Scott Nelson - 7 years ago
Hey CJ I just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed your videos or your JBJ and watched them all while waiting for my SCA 50 pnp to arrive. I am ne to the hobby and find you videos very helpful. One piece of advice when you glue pvc you do not have to use pvc primer. It will hold just as well without it. I will definitely be following this build. Thank you for the great videos.
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
kurt grant check valves are a waste of time with a properly sized sump and never required. I show full water test in ep.5 if u haven't seen it all ready.... my email is cjsaquariums@gmail.com I can check out your plumbing for sure
Reefgrrl
Reefgrrl - 7 years ago
I love the look of the contrast between the plumbing and the rest of the cabinet space - looks clean and elegant. The stuff that bugs you isn't even noticeable unless you point it out. Great job!
Reefgrrl
Reefgrrl - 7 years ago
No one will ever need to know....
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
Reefgrrl yes the led doesn't light the entire cabinet ... combine that with the sump being painted black def gives it a unique look and effect.... I'm so tired of looking under the tank at this point. Time to focus on the display now.... whatever is wrong down there will just be wrong for the life of the tank hahahha
TheJupiterSailfish
TheJupiterSailfish - 7 years ago
Looks clean man, I like it!
Alin Reef
Alin Reef - 7 years ago
Love it, and love the job you do on this ch. Just one thing, to a correct connection of the pvc pipes, you need to do it straight with no rotation once you glued the zone m8. Old school trick.
Inappropriate Reefer
Inappropriate Reefer - 7 years ago
Dang CJ, this is starting to look very serious! I'm loving the manifold system, learning a lot from your setup.
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
Inappropriate Reefer total diff situation compared to the JBJ AIO that's for sure... just wanted a functional setup that did everything I wanted this time... I'm sure u will do the same on your new system. Thanks for watching man
First Massage
First Massage - 7 years ago
upgrades!!! that's a true reefer :)
Narcosiss Corals
Narcosiss Corals - 7 years ago
i love your video editing

30. comment for SCA 120 Gallon Reef Tank | Ep.4 | Plumbing - Herbie Drain & Manifold Install

tomer levi
tomer levi - 7 years ago
??? Hey cj do you think This light good to sps coral
tomer levi
tomer levi - 7 years ago
thanks
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
tomer levi yes no doubt about it
Dave's Reefing Addiction
Dave's Reefing Addiction - 7 years ago
Nice job CJ. I'm glad you found the good cutters. Nice job filming the build to. It's gonna help a lot of people
Eldridge Henry, II
Eldridge Henry, II - 7 years ago
great job CJ
Nick C
Nick C - 7 years ago
Great Work I just found your channel from a comment you made on a BRS video. keep up the good work!!
Tristan G
Tristan G - 7 years ago
very neat
Eagle Aquatics
Eagle Aquatics - 7 years ago
awesome set up man nicely done. What did you paint the outlet black with?
Eagle Aquatics
Eagle Aquatics - 7 years ago
CJ'S AQUARIUMS thanks man I have to paint a few thing black in my new 125 also
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
Eagle Aquatics I used plasti dip spray
Tristan Lambert
Tristan Lambert - 7 years ago
Sweet build bro really loving it...
SithRico
SithRico - 7 years ago
I might have something to remove the purple primer and UPC codes. If you haven't taken care of it yet let me know. I'll double check it works and get you back on how to get it to you. Thanks for the info.
SithRico
SithRico - 7 years ago
Something I use on glasses to clean marks. Safer than acetone on plastics.
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
havent done anything about it yet.. honestly right now im not eve paying attention to the marks.. maybe a project for when I have time to kill waiting on my rock to get here..

what did you have in mind? many have suggested acetone or clear pvc primer.. cleaner...
submillz
submillz - 7 years ago
Wow CJ, was wondering what was taking you so long to put this tank together. Now I know why. you're not half stepping anything. what an amazing build. great job! A+!
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
no doubt! takes a lot of time to do this.. had to fit it in on the weekends. Life has a way of getting in the way... thanks for watching man. we are finally ready for water!
Dr. Loaf's Salty Box
Dr. Loaf's Salty Box - 7 years ago
dam CJ looks tight and so well thought out so pleased for you
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
appreciate it!
abreezeducttesting
abreezeducttesting - 7 years ago
CJ, did you glue the main drain pipe in your overflow? I'm asking because detritus will build up in the bottom of your overflow. I made that mistake before
a very clean setup brother!
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
no I didn't glue any of the stand pipes or return lines for that exact reason.. i can pull a pipe and let all the detritus build up go right down the drains.. we all learn thru experience.. I just tried not to repeat mistakes made with my first reef years ago. thanks for watching man
worm5406
worm5406 - 7 years ago
Looks real good CJ. I like the attention to detail you put in to the video.

On the primer. You could have primed all those joints at once and then come back and glued them all. Sometimes helps as bit as you can ensure the coverage and watch the drips.
Mo Reefer
Mo Reefer - 7 years ago
Great job CJ I have the same tank but the 150 long from SCAquariums love it unfortunately I didn't get the stand and canopy.. but it's the same overflow and skimmer
Corbin Morris
Corbin Morris - 7 years ago
Those were copper cutters, not for plastics.
Kevin ENH Vlogs
Kevin ENH Vlogs - 7 years ago
You did a nice job. everything looks like it came out nice and should be functional. Looking forward to the next one.
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
Kevin ENH Vlogs so far so good just water tested it livestream style haha! Had a leaky bulkhead but everything else was solid
Nado
Nado - 7 years ago
hey on that full siphine, you may wanna put an elbow or something so that it doesn't create a little tornado bringing in air/water
Diver Down Reefer
Diver Down Reefer - 7 years ago
Hey CJ. If that purple primer bothers you too much you can paint it with white enamel paint. Great build looks great
Jack Cuthbert
Jack Cuthbert - 7 years ago
hey great vid! use some acetone on an old rag to rub off that purple primer! comes off easy! :D hope that help!
WestPhilly Reef LW
WestPhilly Reef LW - 7 years ago
I think You designed your sump very well and I think you should think about selling your design. What is your ALK/Cal supplementation plan and how will it be incorporated in your sump?
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
West Philly Reef there is a 10 x 10 footprint open in my fuge for a calcium reactor. I'm prob a year away from needing one.. while I stock the tank I'll supplement with Kalk in my ato if needed... hopefully someone can use this layout and improve on it. Specifically with the SCA brand ... still have to test it but I'm liking how it's looking so far
Sharbuckles Reef
Sharbuckles Reef - 7 years ago
Bro you went hard on the plumbing. Looks good. Fingers crossed it all flows smoothly.
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
West Philly Reef I did ... replay is up now... raw and uncut even the leaks I had haha
WestPhilly Reef LW
WestPhilly Reef LW - 7 years ago
CJ, you should definitely live stream the event!
Sharbuckles Reef
Sharbuckles Reef - 7 years ago
CJ'S AQUARIUMS live stream that s**t!!!
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
Sharbuckles Reef knew what I needed it to do everything else just happened on the fly haha. I'll find out soon... about to put water in tonight hopefully

50. comment for SCA 120 Gallon Reef Tank | Ep.4 | Plumbing - Herbie Drain & Manifold Install

e pon
e pon - 7 years ago
lookin good, ohh the learning....I would finish any electrical before adding water. FWIW Ive had guys who've plumbed 100's of tank tell me primer isnt really needed in our systems as long as the pvc is clean. We dont see the high pressuresor code inspectors that make it cruical.
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
Paul Ponder I'll finish the electrical after I water test the tank... so far I only have 4 cords coming from the sump they all are long enough to route outside of the tank. Considered not using primer but figured why not make sure the pvc is fully bonded.. if I make a mess I can clean it with acetone or clear pvc cleaner
Daniel Fernandes
Daniel Fernandes - 7 years ago
CJ'S AQUARIUMS yes I do check out my channel and my pump I have on 3 the speed
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
Daniel Fernandes do u have a manifold? What setting u run it on?
krombopulos Michael
krombopulos Michael - 7 years ago
you ever consider different lighting? the t247 is great, but you ever wanted to switch things up?
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
jugalettes considered Kessil but already having 1 ocean Revive made it more cost effective to just add another fixture
Daves Rift
Daves Rift - 7 years ago
looks great cj. ill be following along with this build. i run a herbie on my 90g. if you place the main siphon drain too deep into the sump, it will be harder to purge all the air out during every initial start up. i placed mine just a few inches below the water level in the sump.
Daves Rift
Daves Rift - 7 years ago
nice. i know you were looking for clear primer. honestly i dont even use primer. i dont think its necessary,(some will disagree im sure) especially when using new, clean pvc. ive never had a glued joint fail doing it this way. the glue itself actually softens the pvc then melds it together.
Richard Young
Richard Young - 7 years ago
A man with pride in his work. Looks beautiful.
AcuaTV
AcuaTV - 7 years ago
Man, I wish you lived closer, I have a bunch of clear primer leftover from my plumbing! I got mine at Amazon because my local stores didn't have it so just in case someone is looking for it they can order it ahead of time. I agree with you, unions unions unions! At any rate, you did a great job with the plumbing!
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
AcuaTV man me and you both! Hahah I did waste gas looking for it so I have it some effort. I knew it was on Amazon but just got tired of waiting. All good ... time to water test .. get these cords in order and move on to Aquascaping this tank!
mnelson10000
mnelson10000 - 7 years ago
I love seeing people get to build out the tank of their dreams... congrats, brother!
Walter Goldsmith
Walter Goldsmith - 7 years ago
Where's the heater going to be located?
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
Walter Goldsmith it's in the first chamber for now.. but If it will fit between the baffles after the skimmer I'll place it there so flow goes across it
Walter Goldsmith
Walter Goldsmith - 7 years ago
MPTt x slip adapters threaded into bulkheads with FPT on one end, then PVC pipe glued into the other end of the adapter, then unions glued to the PVC pipe. Don't over tighten adapters into the bulkheads. There is very little water pressure coming from the main tank.
I use the above method instead of glueing anything to an expensive bulkhead. Than the bulkhead can be used for other configurations or ideas.
Also sometimes a faulty bulkhead can be purchased, and have future slow leaks from the bulkhead coming apart at the seams.
Also if you have a problem in the above area you'll have to cut the PVC pipe and use a new bulkhead and union.
You can buy a flat aquarium bulkhead wrench on line
GREAT SUMP JOB,
Thanks for listening to my little opinion
Billy Pipes
Billy Pipes - 7 years ago
yo CJ! you want me to give you a secret tip of the plumbing trade that you might love???
Billy Pipes
Billy Pipes - 7 years ago
I never heard of PVC cleaner. primer is only needed for high pressure anyways lol. clear primer isn't code so it might be hard to find.
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
Reefing with Billy Pipes what about pvc cleaner ?
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
Reefing with Billy Pipes well hell I woulda used clear Primer to start if I could find it haha... I'll look into it or acetone .. for now I'm trying to avoid getting under this tank. I've spent hours under it already
Billy Pipes
Billy Pipes - 7 years ago
it won't harm dried glue
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
Reefing with Billy Pipes I'm all ears... even tho you waited until i was finished! Lol
WestCoast Reefer
WestCoast Reefer - 7 years ago
Nice looking great CJ!!!!
Vincent Taylor
Vincent Taylor - 7 years ago
Can't wait for water!
Jeremy Lynch
Jeremy Lynch - 7 years ago
Very nice!!! Looks great!!!
Jerry Pundavela
Jerry Pundavela - 7 years ago
Glad you chose The Herbie Method. I have the SCA 150 and end up doing Herbie too. You shouldn't have a problem with your Return area running dry since you have the Jebao DC pump. You can adjust the speed and balance the water level. Once you have your Gate valve tuned you'll love the water of a gentle brook noise!
Jerry Pundavela
Jerry Pundavela - 7 years ago
Yeah, at first startup I let the water rush down the Emergency Drain inlet. Then gradually adjust/ open the Gate valve until the water from the emergency drain lowers just a bit with a minimal trickle. Your set!!
Jerry Pundavela
Jerry Pundavela - 7 years ago
Yes , three holes. Used threaded bulkheads. But slip glued the pvc pipes.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/XZN8WwWupfQWJnxydxOW42Wes22vWCqDyXVJqRZEdn4RDkbEwqnuZMirTlSLeYfP63kek-iV33w
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
honestly I keep forgetting about the slow ramping of the DC pumps Ive never had one before... I'm basically gonna crank it up as high as the emergency drain can handle alone then adjust my siphon based off that... was your drilled for 3 holes? if so did you use threaded bulkhead for the return or use a slip threaded attachment to Mount the pipe? Just curious...
j03yYunG Aquariums
j03yYunG Aquariums - 7 years ago
Its looking so good!
j03yYunG Aquariums
j03yYunG Aquariums - 7 years ago
I know the feeling. lol
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
cannot WAIT to fill this thing up man... been working on it for a month now empty hahah
Tony Jibster
Tony Jibster - 7 years ago
Well done CJ! It looks great. I just finished upgrading the plumbing on my existing reef (while it continued to run) and I noted several similarities in our approach (it blew my mind a bit…lol). I will make a video of it in the next week or so.
My original drain had a long down pipe for the same reason (to minimize detritus build up in the first chamber), but I had an issue with air getting trapped in the pipe when power would resume after a power failure. Air would fill the pipe when flow stopped, and when it resumed, the flow could not push the air out the bottom of the pipe. Hopefully this won’t be an issue for you since you used 1” pipe (I had the problem using ½”).
Anywho, I can’t wait to see it running. Thanks CJ!
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
glad you caught when I mentioned the pipe length... it will be a combination of the amount of water above the stand pipe in my over flow vs the length of the pipe submerged in my sump.. some things just have to be worked out with water in the tank.. If i can keep enough water pressure above the pipe inside the overflow I have no doubt it will be strong enough to push the air out in the sump below .. that's the plan at least.. we all have "plans" right hahah.. thanks for watching man
Phong Le
Phong Le - 7 years ago
solid plumbing CJ, are you planning on using your reactor for carbon or pellets?
Phong Le
Phong Le - 7 years ago
i gotcha. nice work. following along this build..
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
ill be running carbon... system will be biopellet and carbon dose free.
Kreger's Aquariums
Kreger's Aquariums - 7 years ago
Pretty solid plan. It's coming together nicely.
Dee From Brooklyn
Dee From Brooklyn - 7 years ago
pretty intricate plumbing. . You're officially a scientist now. .
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
you could do this in your sleep old timer.. im still learning haha
Philip Pulvermacher
Philip Pulvermacher - 7 years ago
good job!
Ryan Thompson
Ryan Thompson - 7 years ago
CJ, loving the build so far! Couple words of advice:

1) Put a plastic bulkhead strainer on the main drain. You will need a 1" coupler and the strainer can be found on Bulk Reef Supply. I use slip x slip and do NOT glue it in. However, if you can't remove it easily it may be a hindrance. The last thing you want is a snail or fish getting in the overflow box and going down the main drain. The strainer helps this

2) A silicone mat under your return pump will cut down vibrations a ton. Well worth the small investment!
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
I have strainers ready to go just didn't add them until I know the exact height ill need my stand pipes to be .. Ill work this out when i water test. the sump has a 1/4 thick blue yoga mat under it.. should do the job.. but we will see. thanks for the feedback!
Jerri's Little Reef
Jerri's Little Reef - 7 years ago
Great job with the plumbing. The sump looks really cool!
Dlucks
Dlucks - 7 years ago
Inscription of this video should have been;
Large black man shoves his pipe into a tight space.
Would have got more hits.
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH...... if only I was into the Click bate game
Dlucks
Dlucks - 7 years ago
CJ That was not a PVC Cutter, that was a metal (Copper) pipe cutter. At best that is used for scoring the pipe and then you can cut on the line. A PVC Cutter would have looked like a big ratcheting blade.
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
ratcheting cutters made life a lot easier.. you can use your hands or the floor for leverage.. highly recommend them.. best $11 I spent this whole build
Dlucks
Dlucks - 7 years ago
I use mine to score the plumbing, then I finish with hacksaw.
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
yea.. no doubt.. I bought it because it said it could be used to copper or PVC.. after 3 cuts my forearms where on fire from twisting the pipes... oh well It may come in handy around the house one day
pelphrey
pelphrey - 7 years ago
Listing my reefer on craigslist this weekend and getting that SCA 120. Coulda Woulda.... Shoulda!!!! HAHAHA Plumbing came out clean, as Phillip said below acetone will remove the purple if you even care about it.

That eurobrace and over flow never crossed my mind, I'd wouldn't be able to get my arms in there either.
MASS Aquariums
MASS Aquariums - 7 years ago
Shit. Now I'm getting nervous. I can't plumb shit.
MASS Aquariums
MASS Aquariums - 7 years ago
Shiznit. I've got some research to do before this beast is delivered
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
there are simpler ways to do it.. manifold added a lot of extra work to something that could be done with rubber hosing for all 3 lines ... I just wanted to work on my plumbing experience.. just my 2nd time doing it
DEL'S REEF
DEL'S REEF - 7 years ago
grate video as all ways lots of good info
Powerslayer
Powerslayer - 7 years ago
I love the herbie method. I wanted my second tank to be 100% silent as possible. It slurps though if you don't do it durso. So I had to get a basic female/female coupling and attach it to the emergency overflow. I drilled a bunch of small holes into the middle of the coupling and the water barely trickled in. Fixed that problem. I also grabbed a cheap plastic guard and put it on the main so no snails could clog it up.
Powerslayer
Powerslayer - 7 years ago
By the way, your plumbing is much, much cleaner than mine is! I think it's the blue pvc. Wish I'd had thought to use colored pvc at the time. There's always the next tank! ;)
Juan Martinez
Juan Martinez - 7 years ago
purple primer doesnt look too bad..did you use O rings between the bulk heads coming from the bottom of the tank or any silicone?
Juan Martinez
Juan Martinez - 7 years ago
Ryan Thompson thanks good to know
Ryan Thompson
Ryan Thompson - 7 years ago
You should not use a gasket on the bottom side, only the top and do not over tighten.
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
no I used the same primer and cement to attach PVC to the bulkheads... even though bulkheads are not made from pvc, Ive never had a prob doing it this way in the past
shayna cope
shayna cope - 7 years ago
Lookin good cj can't wait to see what u do with thee rock work!
Reefkpr
Reefkpr - 7 years ago
Nice work CJ. Acetone will take off purple drip marks and sharpie markings. Some say it will eat plastic, but if you put some on a rag and wipe off immediately, it is no problem. I have done it a thousand times. That will give you a flawless look to your awesome plumbing job.
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
Tried alcohol and finger polish remover.. got some off. I will eventually get to it with acetone when I get tired of seeing the marks haha.. I'm taking a break from bending down under this tank for a little while
JCReefs
JCReefs - 7 years ago
Great job on the plumbing looking really good so far I am enjoying this build, going to be nice to see this tank up and running loved your last tank can't wait to see what you do with this new tank
DrOfWelshMagic
DrOfWelshMagic - 7 years ago
wow. now that's some intricate plumbing right there. Wonderful job and your first attempt too. Awesome.
DC Reefer
DC Reefer - 7 years ago
That's a good job. I saw some things I need to apply to my current set up. I wanna re plumb my system to make my life just a tad bit more easy and to make adjustments for my new side cabinets. PVC primer is a B smh that stuff takes no prisoners but you did a good job with it. #noadvicezone
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
yours looked fine to me... you going to pump your sump outside of the tank or something? whatever you do don't take my advice! hahahahahaha imma trade mark #noadvicezone
Kawwwman
Kawwwman - 7 years ago
looks awesome CJ. I cant wait to see it running. its always exciting making a new build!
D Howard
D Howard - 7 years ago
Great Job CJ!
Fisnik M.
Fisnik M. - 7 years ago
CJ...i told you men... paint the whole thing in black men!
it going to be beautifull!
you gonna win a reward with a sump!
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 7 years ago
using black pvc and black fittings was an idea at first... too late now im DONE dealing with this sump man hahahah...
Douglas Smith
Douglas Smith - 7 years ago
Thats PVC art CJ! Great job!
9StickNate
9StickNate - 7 years ago
Slick plumbing bro-

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