Bulkheads are used to attach plumbing to aquariums and sumps to allow water to flow through them. These low profile reef safe bulkheads are made from black ABS plastic. Our supplier manufactures these slightly thicker than competitor aquarium bulkheads making them more reliable.
Bulkheads come in different sizes and either with or without threads for plumbing to connect to. With threaded bulkheads you will need to use a male pipe thread to screw into the bulkhead to make a connection. Slip fittings will require a solvent to bond the bulkhead to the plumbing permanently.
When measuring for bulkheads, you will need a hole in your tank that is slightly larger than the "C" measurement for the corresponding bulkhead but no larger than the "A" measurement. (see image)
Example: If you have a 1.75" diameter hole currently in your tank, then you would want to use the 1" ABS Bulkhead.
1/2" ABS Bulkhead Slip X Slip Dimensions (see diagram)
A - 44mm/1.72"
B - 43mm/ 1.69"
C - 27mm/1.06"
Installation Hole Size - Use our 30mm Diamond Coated Glass Drill Bit for DIY installation
3/4" ABS Bulkhead Slip X Slip Dimensions (see diagram)
A - 52mm/2.04"
B - 50mm/1.98"
C - 34mm/1.33"
Installation Hole Size - Use our 35mm Diamond Coated Glass Drill Bit for DIY installation
1" ABS Bulkhead Slip X Slip Dimensions (see diagram)
A - 68mm/2.67"
B - 63mm/2.48"
C - 42mm/1.65"
Installation Hole Size - Use our 45mm Diamond Coated Glass Drill Bit for DIY installation
1 1/4" ABS Bulkhead Slip X Slip Dimensions (see diagram)
A - 77mm/3.05"
B - 71mm/2.80"
C - 51mm/2.00"
Installation Hole Size - Use our 53mm Diamond Coated Glass Drill Bit for DIY installation
1 1/2" ABS Bulkhead Slip X Slip Dimensions (see diagram)
A - 86mm/3.38"
B - 73mm/2.87"
C - 59mm/2.32"
Installation Hole Size - Use our 60mm Diamond Coated Glass Drill Bit for DIY installation
2" ABS Bulkhead Slip X Slip Dimensions (see diagram)
A - 98mm/3.85"
B - 73mm/2.87"
C - 72mm/2.83"
Installation Hole Size - Use our 75mm Diamond Coated Glass Drill Bit for DIY installation
bought plenty of these By scott on 8/6/2018scott would recommend this product to a friendTheir bulkheads...Seem decent enough. Have some on a over 3 year old set up with out fail so far.
Nice bulkhead By Dave on 5/28/2018Dave would recommend this product to a friendArrived on time good quality and no leaks. I would recommend this product
Poor quality By Derrick on 4/1/2018Derrick wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI bought 3 and only 1 is good, 1 the pipe only fits into it on one side of the bulkhead and the other the threads are screwed up. I like BRS but these bulk heads are not worth the cost.
They work great! By Herring_fish on 10/6/2017Herring_fish would recommend this product to a friendThese things are easy to use. Make sure that you take time to spec. what you are going to order.(i.e, min hole size, slip fit or threaded) If that is right then the installation should go smoothly.
Bulkhead By herring_fish on 8/16/2017herring_fish would recommend this product to a friendThey work pretty well.
I've used them a dozen times before and they always work for me. By JJ on 7/18/2017JJ would recommend this product to a friendThey do their job. What else do you need to know.
Inner Rim Doesn't Fit Overflow By Patrick on 12/5/2016Patrick wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI got the 1" to replace a bulkhead that had started leaking on an Eshopps overflow box. I measured the hole size on the box and ordered the appropriate bulkhead. The hole size is correct and the threads fit through the hole, no problem. However, the rim that goes on the inside of the overflow (part A in the diagrams) is MUCH wider than the original bulkhead. It won't fit in the chamber of the overflow box where the bulkhead goes. I'm going to have to cut two sides flat so it fits into the chamber.
TL;DR: if you have an Eshopps overflow box, measure all dimensions of the bulkhead to ensure you get a proper fit. Or break out the Dremel/other rotary cutting tool.
Great Bulkheads By Batfish Aquatics on 7/14/2016Batfish Aquatics wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWith close to 400 tanks, we use a lot of bulkheads in the shop... especially since we're always tinkering with stuff. I've bought lots of different types, some cheaper than this... and I've replaced lots and lots of cheap ones. The cheapies start leaking, they just plain break, ugh. These ones from BRS are sturdy and durable, go on easily without any cross threading or other issues, and stay put, tightly. Well worth it!
Super Duper By T-Bone on 5/6/2016T-Bone would recommend this product to a friendPerfect fit form and function. The fish said it's not leaking so were good.
Works as intended By James on 2/21/2016James would recommend this product to a friendWorks exactly as you would expect a bulkhead to work. The only complaint i have is more against BRS than the product. The drill hole and the bulkhead both list different recommended sizes for each other so that was a little confusing.
Looks good! By Jessica on 12/28/2015Jessica would recommend this product to a friendI haven't installed this bulkhead yet since there was a delay on my sump, but the quality looks to be as good or better than most that I have seen. I would purchase again.
Great Product By MaroonMan on 11/9/2015MaroonMan would recommend this product to a friendGood quality bulkhead. Have purchased several and all have worked well
I just bought some bulkheads.
1) 1 1/2" ABS Bulkhead Slip X Slip Dimensions
2) 2" ABS Bulkhead Slip X Slip Dimensions
I need to drill holes for these bulkheads. There are A, B, C hole sizes. Which one do I use for acrylic? These hole saws are all a little different and I want to make sure I choose the right hole saw.
The ABC are dimensions, not hole sizes :) Dimension C is the size of the part that goes through the tank so you need to make sure the hole is that big, but not larger then A or B which is the size of the head and the nut. Generally speaking you want to go with the closest size drill bit to dimension C that is at-least the size of dimension C.
Do these bulkheads come with the required wrench? If not, where can I purchase one?
There is no need for a wrench with a bulkhead. it can be hand tightened and with standard channel locks or other tools tightened down further.
What is your recommended "reef safe" solvent to join PVC pipe to ABS slip bulkheads?
You will use PVC to ABS transition cement. Currently one option from many hardware stores is Oatey Green. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Do these bulkheads include the rubber gaskets as well?
All of the ABS Bulkheads come with a gasket to create a leak free seal.
If you have any other questions just let us know.
I have a 75 gallon tank that's going to have a 660GPH return pump and RSS18 large overflow box. How do I determine what size plumping is appropriate? I plan on having a main overflow and an emergency overflow.
With a return pump of 660 GPH we recommend using 1 inch drain lines. This means 1" bulkhead and 1" pipe will be a great fit! The 1" has a gravity fed flow up to 650 GPH and by the time your return pump pushes up the head height the flow into your tank will be well under 600. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
I have a pre-drilled tank that came with barbed bulkheads and I am converting to slip. I need a 1" I/D (inside diameter return) and a 1-1/4" I/D supply. The diameters listed do not specify inside or outside according to conventional plumbing. Thanks for your help.
Will a 1/2 inch PVC pipe fit in the inside diameter of the 1/2 bulkhead? Or is the inside diameter of the 1/2 in bulkhead exactly 1/2 inch? If that is the case will a 1/2 inch PVC inside connector fit in this bulkhead? Thanks
All the plumbing sizes are nominal, so a 1/2" PVC pipe will fit in a 1/2" ABS bulkhead no problem.
Which bulkheads will i need ? Im doin 1"pvc in overflow and 3/4" pvs from pump. Which bulkheads will fit these pvc sizes?
If you have a 1" PVC pipe you would want the 1" bulkhead for that pipe and 3/4" bulkhead for 3/4" pvc.