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08-12-2003 06:43 PM
Wasserpest Uhm... because it is made out of glass. Glass is hard. Breaks easily. Thickness is calculated to withstand a certain pressure. If you drill holes in it you are reducing that stability. Tempered glass can not be drilled. Drilling thick glass is no fun. My lfs wouldn't do it. I wouldn't do it.
Etc etc etc :roll: :lol:
08-12-2003 06:39 PM
digger Oh! I never considered that. Why are you adverse to drilling the tank?
08-12-2003 03:35 PM
Wasserpest Thanks guys, that makes sense. Diggers design works if the water in the tank never goes below the overflow pipe. However, I am concerned with all the bubbling going on in my tank I could loose syphon, consequentially the contents of the sump would be pumped into the tank, leading to overflowing and a dried fried pump. I guess that is just the risk of the design.
08-12-2003 03:16 PM
digger Mario, I thought since that box on the back has the drain on the side, I can always maintain a minimum of water in that box, that way neither end of the siphon would be exposed to the air.
08-12-2003 04:20 AM
mario Digger, this would not quite work out, since you would lose the syphon between the tank and the overflow box. You need to add a box inside the tank as well and have a hose syphon between the little box inside the tank and outside the tank.

I'm not really that good with explanations, but I'm even worse with drawing. If it's still unclear I'll try and draw something up in the morning.

Cheers... mario

Here is a link to overflow box.
08-12-2003 02:41 AM
digger I've never done this before, but it seems that something like this ought to work. What does everybody think?
08-11-2003 10:49 PM
Wasserpest Can someone explain (with another simple paintbrush piece of art) how to do that if the tank can not be drilled? Is there some kind of overflow that will not get airlocked (easily)?
08-11-2003 12:23 AM
evan i don't want a large aquarium. the whole point is to have a nano.
08-11-2003 12:20 AM
JonMulzer Well, you could......

Theoretically the sump could be any size you wanted it to be. You could make a sump out of a big rubbermaid container or another aquarium. It would add stability to the system but if you had the money to build and make all of that you may as well but a larger aquarium.
08-10-2003 11:45 PM
evan is there anyway i can add water to my tank? for example i hav ea 5.5 gallon .. .can i turn it into a 20+ gallon with a storage container underneath? how would i do that? could i use that giant container for filtration too?
08-10-2003 11:15 PM
Slaigar A sump is place where you can shove most of your filtering equipment. It allows you have more space for them so you can also do many types of filtration in it. Best of all, it gives your main tank a nice "natural" look without any pumps, heaters or filters in the view. If you use gravity to get water into the sump, you have to watch out for browns outs, you might flood your floor =).
08-10-2003 10:04 PM
evan what does a sump filter do? does it also increase water capacity? for example i have a 5.5 gallon and if i do that does that mean i still use about 5 gallons water.
08-10-2003 08:55 PM
mr hyde I have to say that is a very cool drawing. You did that with microsoft paint? I was wondering how difficult that is to do something like that for the average un-artistic person like me.
11-24-2002 10:40 PM
GDominy I made one for a crab tank I have, its similar, but not identical.

I was thinking about this and have re-designed the sump as a wet dry filter as well. I'll see if I can make a new diagram for you.
09-20-2002 03:37 AM
Jason have you actualy made one?
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