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Old 10-09-2008, 11:05 PM   #1
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I was chilling in my kitchen cooking up some Carne Asada. My wife screamed my name and I turn to look and my aquarium in my diningroom is shooting water out of the top front of the tank like a tidal wave. I quickly hurry to turn off the return pump and scream at my kids to get some towels. The overflow wasnt draining as fast as my return was feeding. I look in my overflow box (the half thats inside the tank) and I see my starfish right underneath the U-tube. At the same time my Carne Asada starts smoking up my kitchen. I was buried in a cloud of smoke and a puddle of water. I am thinking that the starfish tried going inside the U-tube and plugged it causing the tank to overflow and when I turned off the return pump he dropped out of the U-tube. It just boggles my mind how he gets over the plastic screen that protects the overflow box from anything going inside it. And this isn't the first time a couple weeks back I found my starfish in the outside overflow box. Good thing I was home, I am afraid that this could happen again when I am not around what should I do???
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Old 10-09-2008, 11:07 PM   #2
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Can you use eggcrate or mesh to create a weir over the u-tube/overflow assembly?
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you mean mesh to cover the U-tube opening?
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Your u-tube is inside of a box/container right, which acts as an overflow? The eggcrate could frame around/on top of it or a mesh could be placed in a similar manner so water can flow freely and the starfish cannot.
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I guess I'm not understanding how the starfish is getting to the u-tube if the overflow box is covered by mesh; otherwise, if the mesh stands straight up it'd have to be exposing its entire body out of water?....forgive my denseness at the moment lol
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I agree with James, can you get a pic of the overflow?
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I am not sure I understand how he got into the overflow box exactly. But the Starfish was definately there I saw it happen twice.
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...need pics....I don't understand how he is getting in there to plug it up....
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This is not a recent pic I have 3 lithium batteries for my camera and all are dead they are charging now. The setup has not changed. I will take another pic soon.

The first time I found my starfish inside the outside compartment and this time the starfish was in the inside compartment when my tank was overflowing.


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I am so sorry that it happened but very happy you were home. Is the mesh flexible? If so can you put it all the way to the back of the box and attach it so there is no openings at all? If not flexible what about using a screen type netting that could cover the entire opening of the box?
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