Lily pipe compatability (sp)

Discussion in 'Filters, Filtration and Pumps' started by the Guru!, 24 Sep 2008.

  1. the Guru!

    the Guru! Member

    Ok, my tank is slowly turning into an algae farm. So im changing from a spray bar to a lily pipe.

    Im looking at this ... ts_id=2180

    My filter is a Fluval 305 and my tank is 90ltr.

    The ribbed hosing is 17mm.

    Im just making sure this lily pipe is ok before i buy it.
  2. Why would switching to lily pipes stop your algae problems?

    You might find that it leaks with that piping. I'd consider replacing the fluval piping with the clear, smooth stuff - ribbed needs cleaning every two seconds anyway!

    On my 205 I've siliconed the Fluval hose connectors to the clear pipes, and then into my nano lily pipes.
  3. the Guru!

    the Guru! Member

    Better flow

    Can i get the clear pipe off AE
  4. Well I did it with 12mm tubing, which won't fit those lilys. What you might be able to do is use some 12mm as a connector between the 16mm and the grey fluval connectors that fit the aquastop valve.

    Failing that you could get some proper enlarging tube connectors!! ;)

  5. Is the 305 pipe the same as the 205 btw?

    I know it's not great to be mixing tube sizes, but if it's the same size as the 205 I think the best way would be to use one of these: ... cts_id=751

    Then have the 12mm coming out of the aquastop valve, into that connecter and then to the 16mm
  6. milla

    milla Member

    Having used both lily pipes and spray bar, IMO you actually get better flow from the spray bar.
  7. the Guru!

    the Guru! Member

    Nothing is ever easy! :twisted:
  8. the Guru!

    the Guru! Member

    205 pipe is 14mm i think
  9. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

    Chicago, USA
    Hi, think that changing to a lily pipe will give you better flow? This is highly unlikely. Before you spend money needlessly it would probably be better to describe your problem in detail so that a proper analysis can be performed.

    How do you know your algae isn't as a result of too much light, or improper dosing or poor CO2?

  10. the Guru!

    the Guru! Member

    I like the look of lily pipes anyway
  11. JamesM

    JamesM Member

    The BIG End, South Wales
  12. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

    worksop, nottinghamshire
    by the looks of it i think you just want the dont you :lol:

    you will need 17mm clear pipe, then get some hose reducers and bring the size down although i have not seen 16mm?

    Maybe you could heat the pipe so it melts a bit and forms a tight seal.
  13. Dave Spencer

    Dave Spencer Member

    N. Wales
    Hose reducers will reduce the flow, which could exacerbate any algae issues. PM do lily pipes that will fit the clear hosing. I stick the end of the hose in hot water for a few seconds to soften it, the push it on to the lily pipe.

    Lily pipes work well, but they are not as good as the multi segmented spray bar I have on my AquaEl 250. I can have the jets pointing in all directions for moving the nutrients around.

    Still, the aesthetics of glass win almost every time for me.


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