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Old 10-30-2011, 11:03 AM   #31
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if i could do it over again i would drill 2 holes in the back of my tank like they did on this vid. and start to talk about at the 1:47 mark.

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Old 10-30-2011, 11:36 AM   #32
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i would come over the top with the return, and i would not rely on a check valve. a drill hole just below the water line inside the tank is much more reliable.
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So your saying get a u shaped pipe and hang it over for my return?
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yes. i am a firm believer that the less holes you have to drill in your tank, the better. less chance of leaks, easier to sell the tank down the road...
unless you are doing a rimless tank and the aesthetics of the top are important.
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Old 10-30-2011, 12:08 PM   #35
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Cool deal you guys are so helpful. Would I drill a small hole in the top of the u shaped return to prevent the water from siphoning out?
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not in the top of the tube, because then you would have a water fountain! a small hole just below the water line would allow it to break siphon when the power goes out.
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Ok cool . You guys have been a huge help. Hopefully I'll have all my parts soon so I can start a build thread.
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What's better a CPR 1200 gph overflow or a eshopps 1200 gph overflow?
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I'm going to say CPR. For 16$ more you get a lift pump to help ensure syphon.
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I think I'm going order the CPR and the octopus skimmer today and worry about the sump pump in a few weeks. I'm supposedly going to get the sump tank today. So my build is almost started
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