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Old 11-07-2003, 10:56 PM   #11
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Another idea I saw, and I think this might have been in Anthony Calfo's book, was to drill the back of the tank and put a very short overflow with a weir across part of the back of the tank. This would give you the best of both...good surface skimming and very little loss of space in the tank. It would be easy to do with an acrylic tank too.
This is what mojoreef did with his L shaped tank the overflow spans the entire length of the tank, it's pretty cool.


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Old 11-08-2003, 12:24 AM   #12
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On a related subject, what are the opinions of those hang on style siphon-over-flow gizmos that cost around $100 and allow you to add an overflow/sump to any basic tank??

A good friend of mine has been asking about them, and I have no experience if they work or not, or are reliable.

Y'all can keep the plexi tanks Been there - done that, and won't go back.

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IME, they work just fine and you can get one for less than $100. The trick is to keep air bubbles out of the U tube. You can play around with the water depth in the outside box and usually keep the bubbles out. If you have enough flow though, the bubbles will be carried on through the U tube and won't cause a problem. The bubbles can build up in the U tube, if not adjusted properly, and cause the siphon to be lost.

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