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How to identify your aquarium plumbing.

We have two types of UPVC plumbing in the UK. The imperial system which conforms to British Standards and the newer metric system.

Imperial piping is specified by the internal diameter of the pipe of which the wall thickness is then added to this For example 1.5inch pipe will have a minimum internal diameter of 1.5inches but the fixed external diameter will be 48.1mm. The wall thickness will vary depending on the pressure rating so you will in fact have a larger internal diameter than 1.5inches. This type of pipe is mainly used in large industry were flow rates need to be calculated but you will also find it used on aquarium systems.

Metric piping is specified by the external diameter of the pipe. The internal diameter is eroded by the wall thickness so the inside diameter is not guaranteed thus depending on the pipe rating it is hard to work out any flow rates. .

If you already have piping and are trying to find a match. DO NOT take for granted the labelling printed on the side of the pipe as you may have imported pipe which due to Europe will be described in metric even though it may be imperial sized pipe.

The best way to identify any pipe you have is to measure the external diameter and cross reference it with the chart below.

Still not sure, further technical info at Full PDF Data Document or contact us via our Contact Us Page.

Outside Dia

Size and Type

Wall Thickness

20mm

20mm Metric

1.5mm

21.2mm

1/2" Imperial

1.7mm

25mm

25mm Metric

1.9mm

26.6mm

3/4" Imperial

1.9mm

32mm

32mm Metric

2.4mm

33.4mm

1" Imperial

2.2mm

40mm

40mm Metric

3.0mm

42.1mm

1¼" Imperial

2.7mm

48.1mm

1½" Imperial

3.1mm

50mm

50mm Metric

3.7mm

60.2mm

2" Imperial

3.9mm

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