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Old 07-13-2011, 08:52 PM   #11
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I guess what I'm asking is, the pipe that brings water TO your sump, how exactly is it plumbed? Is it just a direct shot down to the sump? I put two 180 degree bends so that section will store water in order to maintain the siphon if the power goes out. It seems to work pretty good, I like your design.
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:45 PM   #12
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I just have mine plumbed over the back of the tank down to the sump where it just dumps the water into the sump
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:57 PM   #13
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Does your PVC overflow you have illustrated above include a vent pipe (vented to room air) as i have seen on many other designs or is that second water intake replace it?
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:01 PM   #14
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Yes it does have a vent with a cap on it with a small hole drilled in it
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:45 PM   #15
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can you post some more detailed photos of your actual setup? I am looking for a diy pvc overflow that will not overflow in the event of a power outage. But I need images and details of how this certain designs protects from this compared to other ones.
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:03 AM   #16
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You can put a ato float valve upside down in your sump and above your water pump level. Incase the overflow fails, the pump will turn off by the ato, thereby saving you the cost of a new pump.
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:56 PM   #17
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Good idea where would I get 1 of those
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:21 AM   #18
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Here are some more pictures of my overflow over time my paint on it has not held up I think this is because I have a wave maker pointed at it
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:59 AM   #19
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what did you use to cement the pipes together? Do I need to get some special one? Or is the regular stuff okay. (I worry because the label on the can says warning use in open space blah blah :P thanks) Looks very good btw
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Old 07-23-2011, 04:09 PM   #20
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I just used the normal stuff keep this in mind the normal stuff glues pipes together that you drink water from so imo that would make it safe for fish let it dry good and maybe run some water through it before using it in the tank
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