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Old 06-15-2005, 08:07 PM   #21
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just a loop.. a oval would take up less space.. it is designed that way to keep syphon.. if that makes sense..
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Old 06-15-2005, 08:15 PM   #22
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any tubing will work? or pvc?
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Old 06-15-2005, 08:21 PM   #23
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any tubing will work but I am unsure of the flow rate of different sizes of the tubes..
In normal applications.. 1" inner diameter gives you 600gph maximum flow rate.. conservative estimate...

the pvc is designed a little different.. there isnt a loop.. there is a flexible tube going to a pvc pipe and there is a T in the pipe at the water level in the pipe that has a fitting on it that you can plumb the hose going down and out of the pvc pipe.. same theory as the loop just a different design..
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hmm is there pics newhere for the pvc one?
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Old 06-15-2005, 08:47 PM   #25
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There are pics at the links I posted of both...
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Old 06-15-2005, 08:50 PM   #26
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ohh right but wasnt the 2nd one for the water changes?
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Old 06-15-2005, 08:52 PM   #27
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an overflow is an overflow.. even if people are using it for a auto water changer.. you would just need one that is big enough for the gph you want..
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do you mean that? i get the outside part but is the inside part kind of just a pvc with a drilled cap?
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Old 06-15-2005, 09:05 PM   #29
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I dont remember that one..
The ones Im talking about are open top in design..
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Old 06-15-2005, 09:06 PM   #30
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The T-pipe PVC pics look like Durso standpipe, which is a nice design because its so quiet. My tank is drilled, and surface skimmer design was much too loud - I always heard the sound of water getting sucked out. This makes me wonder if the self levelling siphon would be loud. (Durso standpipe has a small hole at the top of the T, so only a little air escapes, and is very quiet.) Here's the thread that was quoted from the krib - http://www.thekrib.com/Filters/overflow-skimmer.html

Andros, following rule of thumb stated earlier, figure 15-20g minimum for your 50g. How simple are you looking for? Baffle design is sweet because your controlling water flow allows for a very sophiticated filter. Wet/dry design doesn't need baffles and is very easy to build, if you want wet/dry (you wouldn't if you're injecting CO2 into your tank). A sump can just be a reservoir of water and nothing else if you want it to be.
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