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Old 01-29-2004, 12:46 AM   #1
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I've heard people talking about drilling a hole in the filter intake tube just beneath the surface of the water to prevent the entire tank from draining in case of a leak somewhere along the filter/CO2 reactor set-up. Is this a common practice? Is it recommended?
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Old 01-29-2004, 12:54 AM   #2
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I don't know if it's common but many people do it. And I guess it really depends on your hardware setup. On my larger tanks I run Rena Cannister filters. Short of the housing cracking I can't see how they would start to leak. If I do maintenance on them and they are not leaking when I restart them they are not going to start leaking short of a disaster. Now if you are using a wet/dry with a overflow it's a different story. Also on smaller tanks I use a HOB filter and I don't worry about them leaking either.
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Old 01-29-2004, 04:01 AM   #3
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I've only seen it done on wet/dry filters or any other configuration where a siphon can empty your tank.
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I'm going to do that with my sump... however, I'm planning on having a plug for that hole, so that I can keep it running during large water changes.

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Old 01-29-2004, 01:22 PM   #5
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I've never heard of people doing this with closed system canister filters. I did it with a sump, but it seems like an overzealous precaution for a good canister filter.
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I tend to agree with GulfCoastAquarium. However, my fluval 104 did sprig a leake once.. (hose slipped off, my fault)

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