Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday Am Quick Tip #77: If You Are Going To Drip, Use This

by Mark Callahan · 24 comments

in Equipment,Friday AM Quick Tips,Reef Enthusiast,Reef Junkie,Tank Dabbler

Keep the drip predictable and consistent with this tip.


{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Edward May 3, 2012 at 11:29 pm

AH HA great tip! I have tons of those little hoses laying around, for some reason that never occured to me to use them like that. Keep em comin!

Bobby Thom May 3, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Thanks for the Tip! Hope your feeling not so down anymore :)

Kovy May 4, 2012 at 12:08 am

I completely bypassed the need to handle the drip line, I just added another line on my manifold that reduces to 1/4″ JG, slipped on some tubing and put a valve on the end! This way I never need to mess with tubes slipping. Easy, simple and idiot proof. :D

andy May 4, 2012 at 5:24 am

great tip, Iv’e got to drip aclimate two zoas and 6 hermits/6 snails and an emerald crab tonight when I get out of work! :)

Andrew May 4, 2012 at 5:46 am

Another method that works well is airline with a cheap valve on it. I have used the Venturi valve that comes with maxi jets in the past with great success! Great tip, thanks for all the wonderful videos you put out there for use.

Matt May 4, 2012 at 6:03 am

Brilliant Chris! Thanks for sharing :)

Like Andrew I’ve been doing the airline, cheap valve and a couple of cloths pegs to hold things in place… However I like this idea so much I’m going to swap it all out as it seems an even better option!

I did briefly consider permanently plumbing a line to my return pump but the sheer cost of stepping down to a 6mm pipe is insane!

Jim May 4, 2012 at 6:26 am

Thanks for the tip, what a great idea. Nice moose knuckle btw!

Larry May 4, 2012 at 6:40 am

best way to prevent the tubing from falling out of your tank is just hold it in place with your mag float

Linda May 4, 2012 at 8:07 am

Yeah its funny how we have that kind of tubing just lying around the house, doesn’t everyone? :-). Something new we get to try this weekend. Thanks Chris and Mark!

Matt May 4, 2012 at 8:09 am

Larry – Nice idea… I like that :D

Gordon Ray May 4, 2012 at 8:18 am



Lisa May 4, 2012 at 8:31 am

Love it! I currently use a lettuce clip to keep my drip line in the tank; this is neat alternative. Thanks

JayHawkScott May 4, 2012 at 8:53 am

That really is a great idea. That stupid airline tubing was always a pain. I think I will be boiling some water tonight. Thanks Mark/Chris for a great idea.

Mad Hatter's Reef May 4, 2012 at 9:13 am

I just use chip clips and air line valves.

Jeramy May 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

I could not help but notice that the outlet in the background had no cover plate on it =)

Jerry M May 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Good idea. I usually just let the door on my hood hold it but have forgotten, and opened it on more than one occasion!

In the summer, especially; with the a/c running, either float the bag in your sump or temp acclimate, again, before releasing into the tank. The temperature, if you just place the container next to the tank, will be a great deal cooler than the 78, or so, degrees most of us keep our tanks at; especially if doing a very slow acclimation on something like nudibranches, cucumbers or other invertebrates. I couldn’t believe how cold the water was the first time I did a drip acclimation with the a/c running full blast

Josh May 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Great tip! I used to use the knotted airline but I had a water dropper for a chameleon laying around and it fits perfectly into the end of the airline. It’s got a valve on it already so I can adjust it however I need it!

tommy May 4, 2012 at 9:09 pm

does anyone realize that they sell gangvalves at petco for 2 dollars and can easily attach and unattached to your tank when done with plus your can adjust the flow rate on it with a little nozzle

Brandon Harrop May 5, 2012 at 12:44 am

yeah i had the tube fall out and actually back siphon the bowl the fish were in onto the floor..luckily i noticed it before it got too low…

John May 5, 2012 at 4:21 am

That very good. If you do not have RO tubing I use the air line get a old metal coat hanger cut 6 inches put inside one end and bend it into a U shape and put a air valve on the other end.

John May 5, 2012 at 4:47 am

I forgot on bigger tubing I use old plastic coat hanger cut one end for U shape and wire ties it to the coat hanger or you can do it with air line but do not over tight wire ties.

John Masciarelli May 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm

When are we going to see the finished product of your tank or an up to date of whats going on in there?

Mark Callahan May 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Jeramy…thanks for the reminder. I need to get that covered. I have a GFCI on it though! :-D

s vandersteen May 14, 2012 at 7:35 am

is it better for fish to have 48x24x24 a/c better placement for live rock and corals or 60 to 72x18x24 for swimming? If rock placement is in center of 48x24x24 will fish swim in circle instead of back/forth? is my 1st reef tank and want to get one where better view of fish? pls advise thanks

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