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Old 06-08-2004, 02:25 PM   #1
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I'm turning my crab/mantis tank into a fuge and need to build/buy an overflow. Does anyone have plans/links to good designs, or am I better off buying one?

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Old 06-08-2004, 03:21 PM   #2
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If you dont need alot of flow you could try to build one using a Lees specim container. I know I saw a thread on that here several months back.


Google search later....


http://www.reefs.org/diy/

DANG im good.

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It's fairly easy to build one from sheet acrylic if you have a table saw available. I've built several although I have no plans for them...I designed them as I built them.
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that is the link to a pic of the one i built. I had the acrylic shop here cut all the pieces and i glued them together, except for the bent piece. I can try and find the plans if you are interested in it or i could draw some up for you, they are pretty easy to make.
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Could I use 2 PHs with a flow valve on the return side? The fuge will be sitting above the sump.
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If I understand you correctly...no. You'd never be able to balance them out just right. Is there any way you can drill the side of the fuge for a drain? That would be the simplest way to do this.
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I have a used lifereef slimline overflow in it. It has (1) 1" drain and a few extra U-tubes. The in tank part is blue acrylic. $50 shipped?
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If I understand you correctly...no. You'd never be able to balance them out just right. Is there any way you can drill the side of the fuge for a drain? That would be the simplest way to do this.
I am considering using one of the many rubbermaid containers I already own as a fuge for this reason as opposed to my crab/mantis prison...I mean tank. Then I would just drill a hole for the overflow, put in a bulkhead and pipe and pump into the container. I am thinking about the grow lights from Menards for the macro. I would rather it be a clear tank, but with a new baby on the way, I'm trying not to sticker shock my wife.

Also, I want to be able to feed my (future) yellow tang from the macro algae harvested. What kind of macro is well suited for this purpose?
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Using the rubbermaid container would work well IMO. I would, since I tend to over-engineer everything, put a second drain above the main one just in case it somehow gets stopped up. You can make your own bulkheads using male/female PVC adapters and some rubber gasket material. You could also probably make a fuge from acrylic without breaking the bank. Actually, you could build it from glass for not alot of $. Either way would work fine though. The tangs I take care of seem to be very fond of the gracilaria (sp?) and it will grow like crazy with the right conditions.
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The tangs I take care of seem to be very fond of the gracilaria (sp?) and it will grow like crazy with the right conditions.
Do you grow it in a fuge and then transplant it out, or just clip it?
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