Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 10-13-2009, 10:04 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 787
Short power-outage resulted in a salty swimming pool in the living room

We had a short power break this morning and my sump started to overflow into the living room. I am very glad that I was home when it happened.

After cleaning it up I went to check what caused it. I turned off the pump and watched.....the water from the overflow stopped but the water level in the sump kept rising...and rising...and rising. The only thing that it could be is that the line for the pump is causing a reverse syphon when there is a power failure.

I'm going to home depot after work today to get some solid PVC tubing. I've attached a drawing of what I am hoping to do. By having two holes near the top of the water surface, this should break any syphon that was created, no? As the water drains back towards the sump the level will lower, expose the hole and break the syphon.
Attached Images
 
__________________

__________________
Jaybird is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2009, 11:51 AM   #2
Sliced Bread
 
neilanh's Avatar


 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 8,482
Great idea, and very commonly used. Just some small holes drilled into you return line right below the water will do exactly what you described - allow air in to break the syphon when the return pump is shut off.

You'll need to keep an eye on them occassionally to ensure they don't gunk up from algae or salt, etc and clog the holes.
__________________

__________________
~Neilan
In the DC Metro Area? Check out GWAPA and WAMAS
neilanh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2009, 11:57 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
fishmonkey's Avatar


 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 1,207
yes, that will work.
__________________
fishmonkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2009, 12:04 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 787
Anything will be better than the massive flood I had this morning. I thought it was from my overflow but turns out it was just from the pump.

I have learned a lot just setting up this tank. I'm sure that I am bound to learn a lot more as this thing starts to grow.
__________________
Jaybird is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2009, 04:50 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
cabezon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Tampa FL
Posts: 1,010
So your return outlet is on the bottom of the tank?
__________________
cabezon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2009, 04:52 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
fishmonkey's Avatar


 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 1,207
oh, and also, you could add a check valve (or at least i think thats what it is called...) which should keep the tank from back siphoning.
__________________
fishmonkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2009, 05:18 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 787
Quote:
Originally Posted by cabezon View Post
So your return outlet is on the bottom of the tank?
The end of the tube connecting the pump in the sump goes near the bottom of the tank, after Being brought up behind and over the top of the tank........if that's what you mean by bottom
__________________
Jaybird is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2009, 12:45 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bavass's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Waynesboro Virginia
Posts: 1,797
I drilled a hole in the pvc years ago to break syphon. The problem I had was sometimes it worked sometimes it didn't. Maybe the hole was to small. Anyway that was on my 20g. When I set up my 55g I measured out my 20g sump and I have a line on the sump that is a fill line. I know that as long as I don't go above that line. My tank will never overflow when power goes out and I don't have to worry if the syphon gets broke or not.
__________________
bavass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2010, 05:09 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,142
the wholes will work fine or you could just keep a little room in the sump and your return heads higher in the display tank that way by the time the sump fills the water will be below your return heads thus breaking the siphon.
__________________
95 Gallon reef system
Hinds04 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2010, 12:10 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
WhiteDevil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: 60118
Posts: 2,438
You need to put a check valve on that return line.

We get outages here all the time and never had a tank overflow, then again one is reef ready and the other is a CPR/aquapro wet/dry set up.

Also why do you have the intake near the bottom of the tank? thats a disaster waiting to happen.
__________________

__________________
That's not a planted tank. That's a jungle with glass around it- MFDROOKIE Circa 2011
WhiteDevil is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
pool, salt, swimming

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
MOving tank from Living room to Bedroom bawel Saltwater Reef Aquaria 1 03-30-2009 10:55 PM
swimming pool filter sand or 'normal' pool sand? gu2high Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 5 09-26-2007 08:08 PM
Waterpipe in my living room.... c0mf0rt Saltwater Reef Aquaria 4 01-01-2005 07:40 PM
The sun has risen in my living room. Pain Devine Saltwater Reef Aquaria 4 01-11-2004 09:49 AM
Who has a swimming pool? plkdb Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 10-14-2003 01:07 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:50 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.