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    Bulkhead suggestion

    Discussion in 'Setup and Filtration' started by PatrickMW36, Mar 11, 2018.

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      I'm setting up a new acrylic tank that is bottom drilled. My plan is to add closed bulkheads that I will only open when I need to drain the tank. I want something good quality and that has strainers. Any suggestions on what I should get would be greatly appreciated. Also what kind of sealant would you you recommend?

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      I used a T with strainer for my closed loop, but you could just connect a single strainer to the bulkhead. They also have lower profile ones.


      Were you planning on running plumbing on the other end of the bulkhead and add a ball valve and water pump? That will certainly help to drain quiker.

      What will you use the sealant for?
       
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      That looks nice. Yea the plan is to add a valve on the bottom with an adapter so I can attach a hose for draining. All my bio and mechanical filtration is run From the side of the tank. So the bottom holes are strictly for draining. And I was thinking I should add some silicone around the bulkhead. I've never had a tank that was bottom drilled and am worried about potential leaks
       
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      Don't use sealant it's not needed. Just hand tighten and within quarter turn with appropriate wrench.

      Find a pump to drain with that...it's much faster.
       
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      Okay cool thanks.
       
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      About how large is the whole piece now? Do you feel like its an eye sore in your tank? I was thinking of doing this but I need it to be about 6in off the substrate probably.
       
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      Personally it's not an eye sore for me. I think the smaller the tank the more it would stand out. It's the few plumbing that is exposed on my tank so I'm ok.
       
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      Yea looks like it blends in well anyway. Btw good job on your filtration. Those rocks look spotless. I have about 20 Pounds of rock that size I stopped using due to always having issues with debris collecting.
       
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      Thanks. Well the rocks are fairly clean, attributed to the gold nugget and blue phantom. I do get detritus getting underneath the rocks too. That's where the monthly substrate siphoning comes in. That's the worse part of WC.
       
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      If you're going to be using a ball valve for opening up the drain line, do yourself a favor and buy a schedule 80 double union ball valve. I have them on each end of my 300 gallon tank that I close for feeding every night. They operate as easily and freely as the day I installed them.
       
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