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Old 08-31-2011, 11:10 AM   #31
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Re-sealed the overflow. I'm going to give it a good 24hrs+ before testing this time. I also starting painting the overflow this morning since it worked well all night.
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:21 AM   #32
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Sounds good keep us posted.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:01 AM   #33
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Overflow update: I let it dry for 24hrs and it's been filled for about 4 now with no leaks. Fingers crossed!

Today I started working on the return spray bar and the sump. I'm not sure what I'm doing with the return end. I don't think I want to cap it off and possibly restrict flow too much but with the elbow it probably won't spray out of the holes much. I'm planning on just hooking this up unglued and seeing how it does a few different ways. Also, I've never worked with acrylic before. I used a fine jigsaw blade and it seemed to do the trick going slow and steady.





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Id just take off the elbow and cap it, also you can drill smaller holes farther apart to get the desired flow. You may have to beef up the pump you use.
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Cool... I'll play around with it once it's all together... still a bit early. Oh... and 24hrs and no leaks on the overflow box
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Looking pretty good! On the return spray bar, I would increase the length after the elbow so it sits lower in the tank. If you don't and you go on vacation or something and your tank level drops, it will start sparying the water out of the tank and onto the floor. Just a suggestion.
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@Wy Renegade - That sounds like a good Idea but I think I screwed myself. The teeth for the overflow are 3/4" from the top edge. This will already be sitting the the water basically. The only thing I can try and do is saw out the teeth to lower the intake level more. Thoughts?

Also, maybe I'm not thinking about this the right way, but with this being fixed in position, a glass cover and canopy over that, how will this spary anywhere but in the tank?
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So tonight I finished up the sump dividers and the raised portion for the overflow spray bar and "dry" portion of the filter with the bubble trap next to it leading to the middle where the return pump will be. On the far end is a taller portion for the refugium.

I cut a hole with a circular saw bit used for door knobs. The overflow will come down and bend 90į and the come out and cap off. I'm going to drill a bunch of medium sized holes to spray water over the mechanical media. The filter will slide over it with the tray I built the other week. It might not make sense but it will when you see it completed.







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@Wy Renegade - That sounds like a good Idea but I think I screwed myself. The teeth for the overflow are 3/4" from the top edge. This will already be sitting the the water basically. The only thing I can try and do is saw out the teeth to lower the intake level more. Thoughts?

Also, maybe I'm not thinking about this the right way, but with this being fixed in position, a glass cover and canopy over that, how will this spary anywhere but in the tank?
No sure about the overflow portion, as I can't really see how that is going to work in conjunction with the spray bar - unless you're putting the spray bar over the top of the overflows somehow.

As for the cover, that will minimize any outspray (wasn't sure if you were going to run with a glass cover as many people do not), however it won't prevent 100% and you'll end up with water on the inside of your canopy, which over time will cause the canopy to deteriorate unless you sand it down and refinish it about once a year.
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Here are some tray holders for the egg crate trays. I just cut a 2" strip of scrap acrylic and marked some triangles out and then cut them up and stuck them on with silicone.


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