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That’s how I did mine. Got all parts from https://www.aquariumplumbing.co.ukCan dig out a list if it helps. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Right:I cut the drain as close to the original valve as possible leaving at least 1 cm to allow new parts to be cementedAdded a 32mm unionSmall bit of 32mm pipe (1 cm visible, rest used to cement to union above and valve below)Then gate valveSmall bit of 32mm pipe Then 32mm union Small bit of 32mm pipe ensuring it ends in drain section of sump beneath water level (can use original pipework as template for length)I also used a saddler with a spacer (block of wood) to attach the pipe to the side wall of cabinetThe bottom union is a bit surplus, but unions allow you to easily remove (unscrew) the sections between the unions if you change your mind mind and want a different valve or so.I also added a t junction plus ball valve on my return. Costs for gate conversion are about £50, for return pipe valve £25 and cement £10.Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Thanks mate, do you remember where you got them? I'll get the same ones (assuming you're happy with them!)
gate 7036 https://www.aquariumplumbing.co.uk/buy-aquariumplumbing.asp?ID=655&ProdGrp=15632mm pvc pipe 1m 0224 https://www.aquariumplumbing.co.uk/buy-aquariumplumbing.asp?ID=71&ProdGrp=154union 0181 https://www.aquariumplumbing.co.uk/buy-aquariumplumbing.asp?ID=56&ProdGrp=150cement 9625 https://www.aquariumplumbing.co.uk/buy-aquariumplumbing.asp?ID=1063&ProdGrp=49Can't find #0965, @marine_newbie was that a saddle? 0964 ( https://www.aquariumplumbing.co.uk/buy-aquariumplumbing.asp?ID=1732&ProdGrp=158 ) is a 32mm saddle, but it must be different to the one you ordered?Thanks again for your help!
Sorry typo... Yes 0964 is a saddler. I used 2x 32mm unions, 1x 32mm gate valve, 1x 32m 1m pipe and in the end only used 1 32mm saddler. Some people also add a ball valve before or after the gate valve, but I didn’t. This would allow you to close the drain without needing to do the fine adjustment after opening the drain. If you want to do this, think about where to place the ball valve as it might be easier further on the pipe, closer to the tank connection. It may also be useful to add unions in either side of the ball valve if not included on valve yet. Unions will allow easy replacement if needed.Its quite an easy job, just make sure you let the cement dry properly before getting it wet. Gives a feel good factor as well when done, although you then close the cabinet door for no one to see it Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Haha exactly. But you know it's there. I do like the rabbit-in-the-headlight eyes you get sometimes from a non-reefing friend or family member when they're talking with you about the tank and asking to see 'the filter'. I guess they're expecting to see a Fluval 206 or similar, and you open the cabinet to reveal something that looks like a cross between a mad scientists lab, an F1 car's engine and a nuclear sub's control panel.
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