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Old 03-18-2011, 01:51 PM   #11
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lol. I know this. I had a basket and all. That's the old set-up I had, but either way, I was just saying that I always had the same problem and then just fixed it by eliminating the outer overflow box because nothing else would work even after making sure the hose sizes were correct.

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Old 03-18-2011, 01:54 PM   #12
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To be honest I had an overflow box and even without power outages it would stop working... I just think it was a poor design on mine so I really understand where you are coming from. I was running FW at the time so just went to a canister filter and never had that problem again!

If you have to use an overflow I really recommend getting a good one to avoid any problems.

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Thanks everyone for taking the time to share your thoughts. I guess technically the water block between the baskets should always stay intact as long as each end of the u-tube is submerged. I am now suspecting perhaps a tiny air leak may exist with the flexible piping attached to the return basket. Ultimately a bullet proof method is by drilling and overflow hole on the side of the take. Thanks again
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:31 PM   #14
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So I think you have the idea now but I found the web site to watch it work. Found it earlier but put this answer in the wrong thread! lol...

Look at the main page here and watch it a couple times and it should explain it better than my words Melevsreef.com | Acrylic Sumps & Refugiums
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have a look at the eshopps overflow box,this is what I use and have never had a problem,as stated before the 'U' tube should never loose syphon especially in a power cut,the only way air stays in the tube is due to the return pump not powerful enough or the pump filter is blocked,basically if the pump isn't powerful enough the flow going through the tube isn't fast enough to pull the air bubbles through it causing an air break and loosing syphon,so pump sizing correctly is a must.

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