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Old 08-17-2008, 01:01 PM   #1
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Do HOB Overflows Exist/Are They OK?

To all the forum members who have helped me: I promise this is the last whine about my 65-120 switch!

Its the dimensions themselves that drew me to the tank.
When I saw a 4' x 2' living space for my critters I got all charged up.

.....and I`m all for upgrading the system with a sump/Fuge. Even my wife is pushing me to go for it despite the cost. (What a Gal!)

However........as ridiculous as this sounds, the Overflow and Return Bulkheads in the Reef-Ready tanks are really turning me off. I mean EXTREMELY turning me off!

They are encroaching on all that space that I was so attracted to in the first place.

MAIN POINT- Are there external HOB Overflow Boxes that can send/return water to my sump/fuge in a Safe and efficient manner?
(I realize that the actual overflow intake would have to be in-tank. But are there units that send the water through plumbing outside the tank?)

If this can work please point out some brands, pros/cons, articles, links, etc.......

This would be the solution to my problems:
*the inside space of the tank would be maximized
*I could add all the Sump/Fuge stuff at a later date and not have to spend so much $$$ all at once.

Please let me know if this is a viable plan---especially in regards to possible flooding problems , etc.

Like I said---my next post will be about what my decisions were and how successful my 65-120 transplant was. (Knock on wood).

thanks a million,
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Old 08-17-2008, 01:21 PM   #2
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I have one of these on the back of my tank with an aqualifter pump for three years now ... What I like about it is after a power failure the aqualifter restarts the overflow automatically. You just have to match a pump to the overflow

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Old 08-17-2008, 01:24 PM   #3
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Yes, you can use an overflow box if you want to. A couple people on here recommended this overflow box for me:
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I have had it up and running for about a month now with no problems at all. It was also very easy to setup and you do not need an aqualifter pump with this style overflow box. During a power outage the overflow never loses siphon so when the power kicks back on there is no worries about overflowing you tank. In order to prevent a backflow overflowing the sump, I drilled a little hole in the return line just below the water line. I test it out when ever I shut my return off to feed phyto or do a pwc, everything works out perfectly.
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As is mentioned above, an overflow box will work fine. I used to use the u-tube style like ryshark linked to.
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Thanks everyone--

I just took the plunge! I ordered the standard tank (no ugly bulheads whoopee!) and the rest of the gear. It should all be in on Thursday.

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What and where did you order? Im in the market for a new tank...
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Old 08-17-2008, 05:27 PM   #7
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What and where did you order? Im in the market for a new tank...
I bought a 48 x 24 AllGlass 120 Gallon Tank and it`s glass top. I also got a nice Rosewood Stand but I cant remember the brand. I got the Salt, sand, etc.

I ordered at Aquarium Adventure. They have 1 store in Cleveland,1 store in NY, and 3 in Illinois.

They are pretty upscale---but often have BIG sales. They also have Club Member discounts. To join for life is like $24. Then you get 25% off on livestock and 10% off on everything else for life.

Right now all Livestock is 40% off. You can find some great deals.
They are patient and always have very knowledgeable staff. Its kind of like the Home Depot Expo Center of Fish Stores.

I`ll be picking up most of the Mechanical and Electrical Stuff online.

peace and respect............
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Wow Meluso58 ----- that is an awesome link for me,

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No problem I see RYshark had it earlier. I didnt see it. That`s a pretty good overflow.
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