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Old 06-01-2011, 09:41 PM   #1
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Opinions wanted: help me select an overflow box!

I am planning my first FOWLR tank with aspirations of converting to reef in a year or so, when tank is well established.

I have a 75 gallon tank and am getting ready to build a DIY 30 gallon sump/refugium. Drilling is not an option for this tank so I will need an overflow box.

I'd love to hear your experiences, good or bad, with HOB overflows. I'm interested in what brand you use, how long you have used it, overall satisfaction, and pros and cons of the unit.

Thanks so much for taking the time
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:45 PM   #2
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the good, you don't have to drill

the bad, you're more likly to over flow, and require tuning of the return pump and overflow so either your tank or sump don't over flow.

why isn't drilling it an option?
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:49 PM   #3
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YouTube videos are sometime helpful. I did check some video relating same topic forth night ago and seemed quite promising.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:03 PM   #4
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This is one I built myself I have had no problems from it Diy pvc overflow
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i have an addon overflow box and i didnt have to tune anything i just got a pump that matched the max of the overflow no problems at all i frequently shut it off to do water changes and it never overflows as long as theres a siphon hole on the return your shouldnt have any problems
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:30 PM   #6
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why isn't drilling it an option?
Tempered glass. Used tank.
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:40 PM   #7
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are you sure its all tempered glass? most aquariums only have the bottom tempered the rest is normal glass, but who knows
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:15 AM   #8
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If you cannot drill Eshopps has some nice overflow boxes in many sizes for a decent price. I got the Nano for my 29 gal tank and it's pretty quiet too.
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eshopps 800 is what I use,no hassles and quiet.
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Old 06-03-2011, 02:01 PM   #10
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I use CPR aquatics constant siphon O/F boxes, they are awesome and after a year of use its still working just fine.
your sump, what is the holding capacity of it?

I think you will be perfect with a cs102(I got em both, upgraded to the 102 when I set up my 75g, now works friggin awesome) magdrive 9.5 pump and around 10-13g of sump capacity.

THe cpr's are quiet yet require a lift pump that is constantly on, mine makes ZERO noise as its at the bottom of my stairs and my bedroom door is at the top of the stairs and I hear nothing.

Here is my tank, its freshwater but here is the wet/dry with 9.5 MD


Here is the overflow box


Aquacave has em at a decent price.
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