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Old 05-19-2003, 05:58 PM   #1
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Almost had a heartattack, please help

This may be more like a DIY post, but here goes. Last night I was woken by my father, telling me that my tank was making an awful racket and to go turn the pump off. (I told him how it works, so he knows the deal, just wanted me to fix it) I got home today, talked to Aaron, and then looked into the overflow. Only to find a turbo snail. He was alive too! Anyways, I need to put a strainer over it. Any ideas?
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yeah. if it is not smaller than the size of screens (stainless). you could use that to cover the overflow. But caution on this... It tends to clog up if not watched.
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Old 05-19-2003, 06:08 PM   #3
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I am gonna try and get to HD today and check out my options, but who knows what I will come home with
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another option is to use the 1/2 by 1/2 plastic crate to cover the hole. Bigger snails wont get trapped there. anything smaller might.


The crate I 'm talking about is the ones that are in the ceiling mostly used to protect flo. lights
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You can use an approriatly sized bulkhead screen.
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Why didnt I think of that
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I used some screen door mesh, and a got a coupler at HD

I put the mesh on the overflow, and then bonked on the coupler. It is a very temp. solution as it does not seem to work real good yet. I think I will look for that bulk head screen
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I was thinking more on the lines of getting an end cap plug and drill a bunch of holes in it..????
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What I do is go to the craft store and get the plastic mesh...it comes in about 8x12" sheets and has holes about 1/8". Anyway, cut a piece that will fit inside the overflow and cover the sides and the front. Let it stick up about 1/2" above the water line. I haven't had anything cross it yet and you can pull it out to rinse very easily. That's for an int/ext overflow. If you have a standpipe, you can make a strainer out of the same stuff using plastic wire ties. Hara made some screens for her powerheads in much the same way.
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