There’s something about a well engineered and neatly plumbed high tech aquarium which is hypnotizing to look at. We’ve seen great setups using regular PVC, heavy duty schedule 40 PVC, and even some setups using colored tubes, but if you want to make it really baller, then clear PVC is the shiniest (and costliest) way to go.
There’s something about watching water flow, especially through pipes, which is mesmerizing, just like an aquarium. Having clear PVC pipes will make for one very interesting and eye-grabbing display – much like all the glass used in planted tanks – but there’s one catch.
If light can get out so you can see what’s inside the pipes, light can also get in and fuel algae growth. Whoever ends up maintaining this clear-piped setup is going to be spending a significant amount of time cleaning those clear tubes. They are definitely going to have to invest in magnetic pipe cleaners and flexible pipe brushes.