I have always been partial to sand. I tend to like the look of it and all the small and microscopic life it harbors.Don't put sand just BB and tons of sps/flow
I was thinking about the closed loop plumbing inside the tank last night and it occurred to me that I may need to protect the outlets from sand and other debris, since the return and the drain are on the floor of the aquarium
If at some point I want to remove the stand pipes or the suction strainer for cleaning or for other purposes. I run the risk of letting sand drop down the pipes. On the return side it's not as big a an issue but on the drain side, that means it would have to pass through pumps to get expelled.
Plus - I have a rather active and large Tiger Pistol Shrimp/Goby pair coming over from another tank. I guarantee that shrimp will attempt bury this drain - that's just how he is - LOL
So - I have devised a plan to create a Sand Guard around the plumbing
I don't know if this will work, and it will likely take a few design iterations to get it right, but this is the basic concept.
This Sand Guard will sit over the bulkheads and on the glass, the sand will then be added to the tank. The lip around the base of the gaurd will than act as a means of keeping it in place with the weight of the sand sitting on top of it.
Rock work will then be placed around this structure to hide it.
When it's all setup, and if it works, i should be able to remove the Suction Strainer without also dumping a lot of sand down the pipe. Same goes for the stand points, should I need or want to remove them.
The first prototype of this is already on a printer
This check valve idea is genius. Id put one on both of my returns right now if I could. Have you thought about making a locline attachment that could be used in this configuration? Something less bulky and sleek? I'd buy 4 right now.Here is the dry-fit of the return line plumbing that has the Reverse Check Valve setup. Nothing is glued yet, but I wanted to get an idea of how this would look like in real life.
Sorry for the wonky photos - the tank is somewhat close to the wall, and it's hard to get nice straight shots.
I'm considering painting the upper part of the plumbing a flat black once it's all done to help make it less obviosue form the front. Standing a few feet form the tank, it;s hard to see the plumbing sticking up, but you can see the check vavle.
I have - I even build a prototype to test the theory. It consisted of a singe Loc-Line segments that had a sort of hose barb protruding from it that pointed in the same direction as the water flow. Then a small 1/4in hose was attached at the barb and then a check valve was placed at the end of that.This check valve idea is genius. Id put one on both of my returns right now if I could. Have you thought about making a locline attachment that could be used in this configuration? Something less bulky and sleek? I'd buy 4 right now.
I plan on filling the tank tomorrow and giving this reverse Check Valve setup a propper test. Fingers crossed.Man I wish I could get my hands on a sleek 3/4" locline attachment to hook up a cpl check valves like this.
I am actually running my 80 gallon frag tank with 2 x vca rfg as only flow in tank atm. Would be awesome if I could drop one of them lower in the tank though.
Turf scrubber looks awesome