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Old 03-15-2009, 09:11 AM   #11
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For your overflow. You adjust the box so that the lip of the overflow is below the water line (so it fills). Then the thing you have to do is get the water to flow through the tubes and over the back of the tank into the back chamber so it can drain. You need to remove the air so the siphon starts.

Take a small airline hose, shove it up the tube up the siphon tube and suck the air out. Good idea to have 2 people as you need the return pump running at the same time so the water level stays consistent and can continue to overflow and... well.... keep the cycle going.

Good luck. The first few times it can be nerve racking

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Old 03-15-2009, 12:41 PM   #12
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Is this tank repairable? If I seal it with the weight of the water and the gravel will it hold? My husband says he don't think it will because he beleives they pressure seal them when they are made. Has anyone out there been able to repair one of these and have it hold up. I am not sure what to do now. (it is a 125 gallon tank)
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Old 03-15-2009, 01:08 PM   #13
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Yes the tank is repairable.with some silcone and 24hrs of letting it cure you shoould be okay. here's a link of a member who replaced a whole glass panel and th e tank worked great afterwards.

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Old 03-15-2009, 04:08 PM   #14
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Just do the inside and be sure that it is dry.....let set for whatever the tube says.
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I use a length of 1/4" air line tubing to start the siphon. Insert into the U tube to the top of the bend then suck out all of the air.
Make sure the sump return line has a small hole to break the siphon or else it will flood the sump. The hole should be between pump off and pump running water levels.
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Yesterday we worked on the tank to get all the old sealer off. After cleaning all of that we did get it resealed. Oh please keep your fingers crossed that it works. I will fill it tomorrow and see what the outcome will be. I sure am praying that we did everything right. Once it will hold the water without leaking we will go back to trying to get the overflow to do its job. I had no idea about the small tube.You will remove the tube then once the water comes out? I am so appreciative for all of the advice you all have shared with me. I will let you know how it turns out. I will be back on soon good news or bad, Again thank you for now
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:01 AM   #18
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It is working!!!!!

Thank you all so much for all the wonderful advise! I removed all the old sealer from the tank and resealed the whole thing and it is up and running. Thank God an all of you I have the filter working now and I am so ready to get on with adding some stock to it. I honestly would have never thought to take the air out of the u tube to start the overflow. Wow, what a ordeal. I hope now I can sit back and enjoy it. I had almost gave up and then I found this site. I am so glad I have joined I am sure that I will learn a whole lot more from you all. Again thank you.
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