The Aquatic Gazette

Power Men Glass Lily Pipe

In Filtration on July 25, 2011 at 14:13

Aqua Design Amano (ADA) introduced the now iconic glass filter pipes many years ago. Since then, these elegant, beautiful filter pipes have charmed aquascapers as works of art and with their ability to be almost invisible in an aquascape.

Because of the popularity of glass filter pipes and the premium pricing adopted by ADA for their high quality products, many other aquatic companies have also introduced their own interpretation of these filter pipes that cater to those that are not willing to pay for the ADA original.

Power Men (PM) is a little known company and we only found out about it through our LFS. A search on the internet will show that these glass filter pipes are only found on ebay and the few dedicated LFS that bring them in.

If you are familiar with ADA’s glass filter pipes, you will immediately notice that these PM glass filter pipes are not of the same standard as the ADA ones. However, we also do not expect them to be, as their retail cost is significantly lower than ADA’s.

The quality of glass used in these filter pipes is solid, smooth, well-formed and without deformities. The only issue we had with the construction was the sculpturing of the outlet sprout. It is not as big or rounded as we would like it to be and that has limited the famous whirlpool effect that these filter pipes are known to create.

The main advantage of having the whirlpool effect is that it will clear the protein film that is often found on the water surface of an aquascaped aquarium. If you are using a spray bar outlet or a shepard pipe, the same result can be achieved simply but ensuring enough water surface agitation.

The bend in the outflow pipe was also not as smooth as we would have preferred. Although it will not likely lead to any noticeable different in water flow output, a great draw of these glass filter pipes are their elegant curves and beauty. There is a lack of smoothness and connectivity between the pipe and sprout, and this has lessen the beauty of a glass filter pipe by quite a fair bit.

The same glass used in the outflow pipe is used in the inflow. And as such, it is the same soild, smooth, well-formed glass that we have earlier observed. But just like the outflow, with its slightly poorly designed outflow sprout, the inflow does have problems with its intake vents.

Looking closely at the intake vents, we can see that there are cracks found around the vents. We do not know if this happened during the cutting process or it developed afterwards. Either way, it is troubling.

If the cracks happened during the cutting process, the fact that it was still shipped out for retail shows that PM’s quality control is not up to par. If the cracks happen after shipping and in the hands of the retailer, it will shows that the glass used is not of good quality, although it appears to be so.

There has been multiple heartbreaks among ADA filter pipe users when they break during maintenance, and that is with the high quality glass that ADA uses. If PM’s glass is not as strong as ADA’s, we foresee even more breakages although it will not hurt the wallet that badly.

All in all, we feel that although the PM glass filter pipes are not as costly as their ADA counterparts, their workmanship and quality control could have been better. The PM filter pipes are priced about the same level as other glass filter pipes offered by other aquatic companies. We recommend giving them a visit before committing to these filter pipes.

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