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Old 01-30-2012, 02:10 PM   #131
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Oh yeah. When I resiliconed that piece in the 55gallon we had I made sure to get it in between the sides of the tank and the glass brace and clamped.
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:46 AM   #132
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I finished cutting, gluing and painting all the overflows and returns last night. I noticed one of my emerald crabs died. I really, really need to get the water moving tonight and get my skimmer hooked up. The tank is looking terrible and needs a water change asap. The snails are mowing down everything and there is waste all over the rock. I'm hoping to pick up my first fish Wednesday.

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Old 01-31-2012, 08:14 AM   #133
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Your gonna loose flow with those elbows. Could you change them to few 45s? Also not a bad idea to have ball valves on those lines. I have a ball valve on every PVC run. Never know when need to shut down.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:21 AM   #134
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I actually forgot the ball valves! I realized this after I posted the picture. No big, I'll just cut them and drop them inline. The elbows are going to cut some flow but I think the whole thing is less than ideal. Again, all temporary for now just to get things moving. Once I get some loc-line and a overflow box everything will be a bit nicer.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:08 AM   #135
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I just got done making something like that for my tank. Why do you say it's less than ideal?
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:10 AM   #136
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Well it's a poor man's current. Wave boxes, controlled power heads and loc-line with better direction would be better. All to come in the future...
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:27 AM   #137
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Updated with glued BVs and some paint.

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Old 01-31-2012, 10:41 AM   #138
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Pipe organ... I mean overflow update

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Are the overflows going to be in the corners and the returns in the center?
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That's the plan. The returns will point towards the sides of the tank. I'm going to get some loc-line eventually. Additional powerheads will push water towards the center. No good?
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