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Old 02-24-2012, 09:51 PM   #1
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Overflow box or tank with built in overflows....post your thoughts

So, I am planning a new build somewhere in the 125g-150g range. I am new to saltwater, so I don't have much experience with sumps. I have a freshwater system for zebrafish housing that has overflows and a sump, but that all came as one unit, so I have never built a system piece by piece.

Here's my question: If you were starting from scratch, would you rather have a tank with built in overflows, or would you use a HOB overflow box? What are the pros and cons of either set up? Your opinions are appreciated....
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:08 PM   #2
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If I felt like doing it again I would drill my tank. Just for peace of mind.
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Drilled is better in every aspect other then the actual drilling of the tank
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:21 PM   #4
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Piece of mind? Sorry, I'm new to this. Why does an overflow box cause you to worry?
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:24 PM   #5
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From what I'm told you may lose siphon which would stop your intake. Then your sump would be emptied. Lots of problems to follow. I'm nervous just talking about it. I don't want to jinx myself. I have a DIY overflow.
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Your siphon can break causing you return pump to send your entire sump into your DT flooding it and it cost around 50 bucks to get a tank drilled but you can do it for the cost of the kit that you can order online which it really isn't hard to do as pong as your patient
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And just so you know a power outtage even a short flicker can break a siphon
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You can get an overflow by CPR. They can be hooked up to a 15 dollar Aqua Lifter pump. This will negate issues with the above stated issues. I run this and have no issues.
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Your siphon can break causing you return pump to send your entire sump into your DT flooding it and it cost around 50 bucks to get a tank drilled but you can do it for the cost of the kit that you can order online which it really isn't hard to do as pong as your patient
I was looking at tanks at the lfs that were already drilled on the bottom with a black plastic baffle. There were two of them set about 1/3 from the right side and 1/3 from the left side
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I also run a CPR overflow with the aqualifter pump. The only issue I would have is if the pump gave out, BUT I dont have enough in my return compartment to flood my tank anyways. I keep the water just high enough in the DT so you dont see the water line. I've had this setup almost a year now with no issues whatsoever.
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