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Old 01-08-2012, 08:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have googled this all day.

It seems that splitting the 1" hose supplied by fluval or replacing the hose entirely is the best idea.

Since the inline heater intake is 5/8 and the hose is 1", do you think that if i put a Y in it so that it was 1" coming in and duel 5/8" going out, the heater in one side and the other just 5/8" hose, then join them back together via 2 x 5/8 in and a single 1" out to the spraybar.


Has anyone here done this? Or know where i can locate the fittings to do so. I just cant locate them to save my life.

heres a pathetic excuse of a diaghram just incase i wasnt clear.


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Default Re: inline heater on FX5

I have a US Plastic Corp and a Marine Depot catalog. I'll give you some part numbers that may be useful for your project. I have a suggestion. On the side that you do not have the heater, you should install a ball valve for adjustable flow control to help you tune the system to make sure that the right amount of water is flowing through the heater.

Tubing Parts
1" polypro Y - 64850: http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/ite...2510&catid=714
5/8" polypro Y - 64843: http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=42508
1" x 5/8" polypro reduction coupler - 64387: http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/ite...2240&catid=551
5/8" ball valve with barbed fittings -TL9133: http://www.marinedepot.com/Two_Littl...FTVLBV-vi.html
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wow, thx a ton for all the leg work.

i had found the up plastics sit, but the valve is a great idea that i had thought of.

I really appreciate your help.
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It looks nice but you might be creating a so call "Bottle Neck" You will flow lost and have added more heat friction . I had this same set-up with a High Pressure Pump ,
Blue Line 55hd 1100gph pump with 1 inch pvc 2 leg.
One side 2 Nuclear filter 533 an 547 , second line I had a Mazzie for co2. I added more heat to my tank due to the friction on the wye and 1 return. Try to keep your line 1 size (1 inch) If you really need you that set-up I would use 2 return with 1 wye. I was able to reduce some heat issues by changing over to hose and having 1 wye and 2 returns.

IMO: I would think that a canister is not a pressure pump so in the long run the pump will break I would just have 1 ball valve on each end of the heater (so you can service the heater if needed) .
http://www.jehmco.com/html/heaters.html#Heater%20Module
They sell Heater modules: with 3/4 and 1 inch in-put/out-put and can use ether glass heater or a Titanium Submersible Heater and a nice controller .

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i cracked my 75 and just bought a 120g.

so i was thinking that ill need more water current.

What if i DID NOT rejoin the 5/8 hoses and just returned them to the tank at 2 different spots. One from one side pointing to the opposite side and the other mid-tank pointing toward the same side as the other?

Would that be ok? I would eliminate some friction loss that would be created from the fitting that reconnects the 5/8 hoses.

What are your thoughts/concerns with this?

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