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Old 03-12-2004, 07:30 PM   #1
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Overflow sucking up the little ones

We lost a small green chromis and a small clown to our overflow box over night (see link below). Is there any thing we can do to protect the fish with out restricting the flow? And will the surviving clown be ok with out her mate?

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Old 03-12-2004, 08:04 PM   #2
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ya i had a clown that got cought in the owver flow 2 times both times i was there to pull it out but it always whent back. they were just too weak to pull away from teh current.
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put some egg crate or a mesh net or something over the top. it should prevent any fish from going over, but if they still do, it will allow them to jump right back in the tank.
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well i do not know about his case but i know the clown i lost was not in the over flow but caught in the teeth of the over flow. he was still in the main part of the tank but he could not get out of the pull from the over flow. dose that make sence?
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I'm sure they when through a slot and not over the slots. The 2 that we lost got sucked up threw the siphon tube and perished in the back box. We got to the other one while he was still in the box in the tank.

What do you think about this... I've seen tank dividers at the lfs. It's basically a sheet of plastic with holes in it, like a peg board. I could cut and silicon a box together slightly larger than the black overflow box (and taller) and slip it over? Should still get full water flow but if the top of this new box is above the water line there is now way they could get sucked in.
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