need some advise HOB overflow

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  1. Anonymous

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    I want to add a 15 gallon sump (thats all that will fit under my 55). My tank is not drilled, nor do i want to attempt to drill it. What i want is a hob overflow system that is as fault proof as possible. I cant flood my duplex or i'd have some very serious problems. I really need advise on which overflow to chose, and how to figure out what return pump i need. I also need to know what to use to prevent overflowing (check valves and such) If you can think of anything larger that would fit under a 55 let me know.
    Curt
     
  2. Anonymous

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    the lifereef one looks exactly like what i want, but holy crap thats expensive for something that doesnt look very difficult to make. Anyone know of a cheaper one that still uses the siphon tube design? Also, how do you match the pump output to the siphon?
    Curt
     
  3. oimate842005

    oimate842005 Gem Tang LARC Supporter

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    GPreefer is right on, he had to experience my HOB overflows while I was away for a month :lol:
     
  4. JLouv

    JLouv Harlequin Tusk

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    :roll: errr...make that 2 people.

    One of those huge turbo snails crawled up into a U tube one day....nuked my tank with about 40g of freshwater AND a fresh batch of kalk in the reactor...

    Sad part was that I was sitting 2 rooms away!!

    You should have seen how pissed my powder blue tang was when I dropped it and ALL the corals in my tank in a 5g tank with my mantis shrimp!!! In retrospect, I shouldv'e taken a picture :D
     
  5. bmb527

    bmb527 Marine Betta

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    I've got an Amiracle overflow that was one of 2 that came with my old 135 that has been running fine since '93. I'm not using it anymore because I only have a 20 up and running currently. They are all about the same. If you keep them clean, you will never have of a problem. This is my experience.
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  6. Anonymous

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    ok

    so if i was to order the 700gph lifereef overflow, what would be a good pump to get to power my return. My stand is 36" tall and it is a standard 55 gallon aquarium. So the pump would be pumping up what 58 inches? I just dont think i can afford that big of a pump, and the overflow. anyone have any experiences with the HOB fuges?
    Curt
     
  7. Anonymous

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    diy for 15-20 bucks

    i found a DIY overflow and it seems you can make it for around 15-20 bucks. It is all pvc, and doesnt look as clean, but will never lose siphon and if made correctly they are quiet. I'll inform yall of what i come up with. Will link the design soon.
    Curt
     
  8. bmb527

    bmb527 Marine Betta

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    When do dou need the overflow? I have one that you could have. It just needs a good cleaning and it will be as good as new.
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  9. Anonymous

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    awesome

    The $15 diy pvc overflow works like a charm. I did several tests with it earlier, even simulated "power outages" and it worked like a charm everytime. I have to go back and glue everything into place and paint the pvc, but i'll take pics as soon as i can.
    Curt
     

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