Agreed that an overflow is needed, that wasn't what I was debating, the problem I have with this one is that's it's a huge unsightly box that's designed to be a self contained overflow, filter media, protein skimmer box that's taking up valuable real estate down 1/2 of my left wall.
I can go one of three routes, as I see it, and they are:
1. Just keep the overflow box as it is, incorporate the pickup into the overflow box and be done.
2. Create a much smaller back wall overflow with incorporated overflow and lower pickup points.
3. No overflow at all and incorporate this: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...=24871&catid=3
The tank will be a low-tech, no CO2 injection tank, and I have no plans of ever changing that so the large overflow that's there doesn't make any sense for future plans. To me it just seems like it will be grossly underused and a waste of real estate.
While it would be nice to incorporate an auto-topoff to the setup in the future, that's not feasible as the tank will be located in the main entry way of my house right in the stairwell "pocket". behind it is an under stairs closet to which I could, at a later date, incorporate a 55 gallon trash can topoff system like I did with my salt water tanks but I would wait until I had a sump / refugium setup and that's where I'd run the autotopoff sensor (worked great for years in my salt setups and kept the tank clear of any unnecessary "stuff" hanging in it).