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Old 10-22-2004, 11:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I read the post about glass lillie pipes and those pipes look good but there is an alternative to the glass lillie. I used acrylic tube as my outake and intake pipe for my canister filter. I bent the 6/8" acrylic tube into a U-shape. It works very well, but you have to know how to bend the tube or it will not be a smooth bend. Once placed in the aquarium, it is not noticeable at all and it looks very neat and nice.
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Exactly wha tkind of tube is that and how do you bend it? What is the appropriate way? Looks good BTW
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They are extruded acrylic tubes, overall diameter is 6/8". Thickness of the wall of the tube is 1/8". From my little experience, 1/8" thickness is harder to bend but it comes out neat and better looking than if you try bending a 1/16" thickness tube. The secret to bending these tubes lies in the heating process. Most people would recommend using a heat gun to make a bend but the source of heat that I used in bending my tube was my stove. My stove measures about 12 inches in diameter, so that's a long enough length to heat up the tube for bending. I place a brick at each end of a stove, then the tube would lay on top of the bricks. Turn the stove on "high", as the tube is being heated, I'm constantly turning the tube, so that there would be an even heating of the tube, after about at least five minutes, the tube would become soft and bendable. Base on your own judgement of how soft the tube is and if it's bendable, if it is, take the tube away and bend it into a U shape. It would be easier to bend the tube into a U shape if you have something that is already in the shape of a U and just use that as a guide.
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Did you use anything to keep the tube from collapsing?
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How did you cap the bottom of the intake tube?

Sure looks good!
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Was that over a gas or electric stove?
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