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Old 08-02-2005, 11:36 PM   #1
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do i need an overflow

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i m planning a behind tank refugium. I was planning that i would siphon water out from the tank and just pump it back via a pump. The siphon would not be controlled, but the pump would. A Rio 1100 provides about 320 GPH. Is the pump compatible with 3/4" vinyl tubing drain?
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What would happen if that pump failed?
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Drill a small hole right below the water line so if the pump fails it will break suction and not overflow your refugium.
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Old 08-03-2005, 02:47 AM   #4
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thanks, can a siphon be started in a PVC pipe? If so, how?
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Old 08-03-2005, 07:36 PM   #5
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You need a overflow box... There is no cheap safe way to get around some things. Some DIY may work for a time but when you come home to a flood and hours and hours of cleaning and a dead tank you will wish you spent that $70 on a over flow box... JMO
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