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Old 04-23-2011, 12:33 PM   #11
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Ok, I think I'm getting the picture. if I buy a tank with overflows are they typcially drilled behind the overflow boxes?
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If you have overflows it just simply runs over into them If you have a siphon its like you put a hose in it to drain the tank I have a diy siphon overflow on mine because I didnt get a tank with overflows and I didnt want to risk drilling it and breaking it
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But the holes for the hoses are drilled in the glass behind the overflow covers?
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Old 04-23-2011, 12:41 PM   #14
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The top edges of the overflow are slotted so once the water level reaches them it begins to run over filling the overflows to the height you have them set
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depends on what you buy.some come reef ready,tank drilled at the bottom with a stand pipe connected,the dt water flows down this and to the sump.
coast to coast overflow,tank is drilled in 3 places along the back near the top with a overflow box running the full length of the tank,dt water flows over this box and through the 3 pipes connect and down to the sump.
Overflow box(syphon type)this has a U shaped pipe connecting 2 boxes together,water from the dt flows into the internal box through the U pipe into the external box via the syphon and down to the sump.
I would go with the coast to coast which can be made quite easily with glass.I have the syphon box at the moment but intend to go to the CTC when I upgrade
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Here's a picture of the type of overflow I will probably use.
The water overflows into the overflow box, then runs down the pipes/tubing into the sump. A pump takes it back.

PS I edited my last post with some links for you.
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Ok, I see how the water gets into the overflows, kinda like my cube. When the water is behind the overflow cover is there a hole in the glass for the water to go down to the filter? Or do you still have to buy overflow boxes to go over the lip?
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This type of overflow is for if you don't have drilled holes.



If you have drilled holes, the water just goes through the hole in the glass. You have a bulkhead over the hole, which allows you to connect the pipes.
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Sorry about the double post. This type of overflow is for if you don't have drilled holes.


The water just goes through the hole in the glass. You have a bulkhead over the hole, which allows you to connect the pipes.

I already have that. The guy i got it from didnt drill the tank. But i want to go with drilled on this next set up
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This type of overflow is for if you don't have drilled holes.



If you have drilled holes, the water just goes through the hole in the glass. You have a bulkhead over the hole, which allows you to connect the pipes.
I wish my overflow was like this it seems more fail safe although knock on wood I have never had any issues with what I do have
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