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Old 04-26-2011, 05:42 PM   #31
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Very interesting. So it looks like a 3/4" pipe would only be turning my 55 gallon tank over 3-5 times per hour. That is fine with me.. it is better than my single emperor 280 I have running.

I will have to do some math when getting my return pump. And a ball valve or two to control flows.

This should be interesting.
only put a valve on the return,unless your drain pipe is going to run to a T piece then you can put a valve on one of the legs only(not before the T)
Also any valve needs to have a bore size the same or greater than the pipe.
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Old 04-26-2011, 05:43 PM   #32
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only put a valve on the return,unless your drain pipe is going to run to a T piece then you can put a valve on one of the legs only(not before the T)
Also any valve needs to have a bore size the same or greater than the pipe.
I was thinking of cutting the hose and putting a valve in-between it, hooked on with some hose clamps :|

Stupid idea?

This would allow me to control the siphon flow
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Don't most people paint their tube black anyways to avoid algae?
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:13 PM   #34
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Don't most people paint their tube black anyways to avoid algae?
I was thinking the same exact thing as soon as I read the clear tube comment. I couldn't tell you how many times I've seen somebody say to not use a clear hose. Clear hoses allow light through, which then lets algea grow. I've seen some pretty nasty tubes...
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:07 PM   #35
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What kind of clamps would you guys recommend? Spring clamps would be ugly and I can't find any plastic c-clamps unless I order them online, which I don't want to do cuz it would take a long time. :P
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If you dont want clamps, a possible solution would be some kind of hook system. Kinda like the eshopps overflow
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:30 PM   #37
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Do you already have an overflow? Also, I thought some HOB overflows are connected. Two boxes, one inside the tank, one outside, connected by some acrylic in between. Like so:


Green is the tank glass/acrylic. Grey is the overflow. Red is the U-Tube.

That's just what I picture an overflow to be. Otherwise, I have no clue to the clamps. Sorry, wish I could help you out a little more =/
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thats what I was trying to say, but I don't have paint haha
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:04 PM   #39
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Ah, no worries. Off topic: No paint? Must not be windows then.

Anyways... just waiting for scottayy to tell us what he thinks. =) No rush though.
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Yes hillage, that is how my overflow is going to be. The one on the inside is the one with teeth, and the one without will be on the outside. All of the pictures are in the original first post.

I have found some clamps that I am going to use.

I connected my sump containers. Had to do it in a U shape because of size restraints. It's still going to be really close to not fitting in my stand. That would suck.

I have the water coming in through filter media, then filling up box 1 and exiting to the right, then filling box 2 and exiting to the right (this was cut lower so the water would flow down), and then into box 3 and up through the pump.

Right now I just have them silicone'd together. Tomorrow I'm going to run another bead of silicone along the edges and then clamp them together.
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