Building underground Jets

outlaw
  • #1
There was talk about doing this. I didn't see anybody post that they actually built it so I thought I would, plus I want to try and keep the poo off the bottom of the tank and would need to add this in before adding more rocks to the bottom.

What you need:
1.PVC Pipe (I went with 10' x 1/2"dia., it was the smallest they sold and 1.19 for the whole 10' length).. had it cut in half to fit in my car.
2.Connectors
A.90* corner ($.90ea)
B.45* bend ($.25ea)
C. T connector ($.24ea)
D. female to male 90* (for my power head, yours may vary)
3. Power head of your choice (make sure it is powerful enough)
4. PVC Pip Cutter ($11)

Total Cost at this point: $17.90 (estimated, couldn't remember exact cost of items). I need a few more pieces.

I am choosing not to glue the tubing together to give me options down the road for expansion to a bigger tank or if this doesn't seem to work as planned. Plus you don't have to worry about any glue toxins getting into the tank.

I currently have 250GPH power head that I tried on this setup and it is not nearly enough to push anything out the furthest hole. I do still need to make the "nozzle" which should help with the pressure in the pipe.

Parts and Tool

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Top View

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Front View

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Power Head Spec

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How the tank looks now

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outlaw
  • Thread Starter
  • #2
More pictures to come.

After making the nozzles and buying a HUGE pump (1340GPH), lol We (kids and me) set it up in the tub... one of my daughters was hanging over it and I turned it on, needless to say she got a shower. lol I put the 250GPH pump back on (with nozzles) and it works. I think it could still use a little bit more powerful pump, just 1000+ was too high (I thought it had a flow-control on it as the model below it did; 700GPH). The piping is all setup and functional in the tank. I was up until 2am finishing it, started it about 8pm yesterday.

Also, I think I took a picture of it. I added another nozzle to cover some dead space. Now there is a total of 6 sprayers. Hopefully this is informational.
 
GreenMan13
  • #3
what if you connect the ends to make a loop instead of a T coming out of the pump. that might help with making it more uniform pressure.
 
outlaw
  • Thread Starter
  • #4
I didn't think of that.. I would still need a T though to have the pump enter the loop. unless that is what you mean. I could see how that should equal out the pressure though... maybe next cleaning.. I probably ****ed off the fish enough for 1 day, lol Thanks for the tip and hopefully I won't need more pipe. Don't know what I would do with 9ft of 1/2 pipe. lol
 
GreenMan13
  • #5
I guess I didn't explain well enough. The pump would output to a pipe and that pipe would then split and go in a loop so it would be like a "P" shape or "Q" shape. I think the Q is the closest.
 
outlaw
  • Thread Starter
  • #6
I am at work too, I will blame that . We'll have to see what happens next cleaning. I will get the pics posted tonight of the setup after and some of the test with the 1340GPH pump. lol

Thanks again.
 
outlaw
  • Thread Starter
  • #7
1350GPH

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VS.

250GPH

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One of the jets close-up.

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Tank finished

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Tank after clearing up

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Was able to get a clear shot of the Yellow Lab too.
 
GreenMan13
  • #8
looks good
 
outlaw
  • Thread Starter
  • #9
Thanks. The only problem I see now is going to be moving it. We (I) am looking at larger apt's for us and don't think I want to move this when the time comes.

Thanks again.
 
outlaw
  • Thread Starter
  • #10
**UPDATE**

I was hoping this would work when I was building it and buying the parts. Guess what? It does actually work!

When I would stir the gravel before it would turn the water a murky brown color.

Now, when I did it last night, it turned a slight white from the stones I have in it.

I have to say that this looks like a success.
 
sirdarksol
  • #11
Awesome news!
 
outlaw
  • Thread Starter
  • #12
Indeed lol

I changed it up to only use 2 "jets" and a 250GPH pump. Seems to be more then effective in the 46Gal bow front. Would recommend for a DIY that doesn't like to vacuum often (like myself).
 

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