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02-20-2013, 04:45 PM   #1
SHMaRiM
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# Overflow Design question...

I'm trying to build this custom tank and I'd like to design it sketchup before I start building. Right now I'm designing the overflow and would like to use the Bean Animal overflow.

My question is, how high or low on the glass do I mount the pipes?

This is my design so far...

I'm assuming the best place would be so the emergency pipe (upturned elbow) is just barely below the wall in the overflow box? I'm assuming if you mounted them lower on the side that you'd potentially get the noise of water flowing over the wall.

So basically, where is the "prime" location for low noise, safety, anti-flooding?

 02-20-2013, 06:31 PM #3 VAtanks Planted Member   PTrader: (1/100%) Join Date: Feb 2013 Location: VA BCH Posts: 235 __________________ 29g Tetra Tank 100g Planted Angel/Clown Loach I can't spell...Im an engineer, I do math
 02-21-2013, 05:06 AM #4 scbrooks87 Planted Member   PTrader: (0/0%) Join Date: Nov 2012 Location: El Cajon Posts: 220 To answer this question is a little tough. Are you going to have a chamber designated for the overflow? If so, you want it set up so the openings of the 2 downturned 90 degree elbows are just below the desired surface level of the water, and then for the third pipe with the upturned 90... you want that a little ways below the top of the tank but above the desired water level, that way it only gets used if the water raises above normal operating depth due the a clog or something. Be ware that this system allows you to control your water level to a degree in the chamber its in, by slowing the siphon you can raise the water, and by opening the siphon it will lower the level... its a fine balance but very effective.
 02-21-2013, 11:57 PM #5 VAtanks Planted Member   PTrader: (1/100%) Join Date: Feb 2013 Location: VA BCH Posts: 235 agreed, this system is pretty customizable, but works good for incredibly high flow....like 800-1000 gallons per hour. of course thats pipe diameter dependant and your inline ball valves being dialed in. __________________ 29g Tetra Tank 100g Planted Angel/Clown Loach I can't spell...Im an engineer, I do math
 02-23-2013, 03:27 PM #6 HD Blazingwolf Planted Tank Guru     PTrader: (8/100%) Join Date: May 2011 Location: Chattanooga, TN Posts: 4,907 or just get a bigger gravity fed drain line and it'll be just almost as quite, have one drian pipe, and will resist clogging unless a large fish gets in i have a 1.5 in drain line on my 75 gallon handling 600 GPH its as quite as my 29 is that has a full sihpon running now oversize your drain lines. its one of life's little miracles read http://www.wetwebmedia.com/SystemPIX...Oneinchart.htm __________________ Sump Pimp #7 75G Rainbowfish Journal
 02-23-2013, 09:48 PM #7 Diana Planted Tank Guru   PTrader: (0/0%) Join Date: Jan 2010 Location: Contra Costa CA Posts: 10,047 Set it all up without glue on the PVC. Hand tighten the slip fit fittings. They will hold long enough for a test. It may leak, but none of these are high enough pressure to actually fall apart. Maybe do this outdoors to be really safe. Try adjusting the height of each elbow until the system is working for you. Then drain and dry it, and mark the pipes. Glue them.

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