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Old 11-09-2009, 07:03 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by AdamHorton View Post
I'd like to think my setup is pretty robust, and I did kind of a DIY job for part of the refugium...


Up top is a HOB overflow cup, here's a closer picture, but it's an older picture:


The key to my system is that the pump is designed to break siphon if it should fail, and there is a float switch that will turn off the pump if the water level gets too low. There's actually a thread about that here:

Float switch auto pump turn-off

To prevent flooding if power goes out or if siphon breaks in your U-tube, (which it shouldn't) start the system with the pump turned off and make sure there isn't too much water in each tank. Also, my system is on a battery backup.
Exactaly right. +1. Let me know if you need that video. All it does it show you how it works.

This video is quite helpful. YouTube - How to - Aquarium overflow / sump / refugium. Some tips

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Old 11-09-2009, 09:51 PM   #12
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I should add that 10G doesn't leave you many options, though... by the time you put the right amount of water in there with a couple of inches for safety, you really only have about 4-5G of water in the refuge when the pump is on. I was stuck with at 10G for my second tank for a while and I really couldn't do anything with it. If there's anything at all you can do to get a larger tank down there you should do it.

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