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Old 02-24-2011, 12:55 AM   #11
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It is possible to use PVC to create a simple hang on tank overflow. It. Would take up a lot less space than a regular overflow box.
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:57 AM   #12
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My tank is bought from a chinese store so they buy their stuff from China. The tank is 2 glass so a straight glass at the back and a curved glass at the front. Then the lid is connected to hinges at the back. The back will then have a platform going to the middle of the tank and there is a powerfilter placed on the platform. So even if I take off the lid, the overflow box can't hang on the back glass because of the platform. Just a question, can a overflow box be hang on a curved glass?
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:58 AM   #13
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It is possible to use PVC to create a simple hang on tank overflow. It. Would take up a lot less space than a regular overflow box.
EVERYTHING is possible with PVC! You can find some pretty small hang-on overflows though, but would be cheap alternative...

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Would you be willing to drill the tank (either yourself or for $20 at a glass shop)? That would be the best way around it, and the best looking..

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Very true. Although I was considering more that he would only need enough space to fit one piece of PVC, and that would only need to reach down below the water line by maybe an inch.
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I don't think I am going to drill the tank since I already have my fish stock.
I am looking into making a PVC pipe overflow box. I live in Canada and I'm not sure where to get the pvc pipes.
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PVC should be fairly easy to find. Just check the nearest large hardware store.

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A PVC hang on tank overflow is definitely the least attractive option. But it works well, and if you painted it black it may be less obtrusive. Just be sure to do so with aquarium safe paint.
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Do you think this design will work? Using gravity for water to flow through pvc pipes. Then powerhead and vinyl tubing for the return flow.
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Well, your overflow is not shaped correctly, but yes. An overflow that drains into your sump and a pump that pumps water back into the main tank from the sump will work.
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It could, but the water would siphon down at it's own rate not at the pumps rate, so you would have to put a PVC ball valve in the PVC intake to give you the ability to adjust the amount of flow going down. I'll have a think about it and give you some better feedback along with diagrams that worked for me tomorrow.

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