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Old 08-19-2004, 05:42 PM   #11
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cause if it gets to far ahead it cuts itself off cause the water line gets to low

This is the motor I need. What kind is it?


ff- actuall it's pretty failsafe. Both syphons (input/output) die if the motor stops before overflowing the wet/dry. The level in the wet/dry has been constant for 2 days. I'll feel pretty good when I have this magic pump.
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Old 08-19-2004, 06:43 PM   #12
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This special motor is just a normal PH turned upside down, haha. I supose I could have explained that a bit better. It's just that if the input for the pump is facing up, the water has to go up and over it, so when the water level drops to far, no water "falls" into the input of the pump, Maybe this explains it better???
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Old 08-19-2004, 06:47 PM   #13
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that sounds like you could burn out that motor. Who manufacturs this? Most powerheads I know of need to be in water all the time or else...
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Old 08-19-2004, 06:55 PM   #14
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Yes, but would the motor shut down or would it just "run dry" until it burned up?
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I think it will run dry. My water pump in my skimmer runs dry when the pre-skimmer goes empty accidently.
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I'd bet it will run dry until it gets damaged and/or burns up.
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I'm wondering if a ball float on a string attached to a toggle switch hanging above the box would work? When the water level got too low, the weight of the ball would pull the string down, thus pulling the toggle and shutting down the pump.

Geez - it's gonna look like a game of "Mousetrap" under there.
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Really what you all describing is way more complex than a simple hang on overflow. While I dont like them much the CPR overflows have a very low intank profile.

To be fully honest I ordered one for a future tank im putting together. After a few months it would more than likly be covered in coraline so much you wouldnt notice it at first glance.
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Yes, the PH I am using is always underwater, it never actually runs dry because the water isn't pumped out unless water is being pumped in. It only cost me 18 bucks anyways, so no big deal. And yes, it is MUCH more complicated than an actuall overflow, but I had the PH extra, and those OFB's cost like 75 bucks, which is more than it's going to cost me to put the internal boxes in in a few weeks, which I'm REALLY looking forward too!!!

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Dudes. I just got De ja vous from this thread....woaw...

has that happened to anyone before? It's a first for me.

and that whole string tied to the switch Idea really sounds a bit iffy.
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