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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-09-2011, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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DIY overflow box?

I'm going to switch from a 50 long to a 40 breeder soon and I wanted to set it up with either a 10 gallon or 20 long sump with a refugium. I know how to do everything in the sump I'm just not sure yet about how to build a good overflow box that won't make a lot of noise. I also don't want this to be a very noisy one. Any ideas? My return pump is a maxijet 400 or 600 can't remember or I was thinking of using my odyysea cfs 500 for the return.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-09-2011, 09:30 PM
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I have heard them all. If quiet is the goal, BeanAnimal style overflows are your best bet.

TPT member jcardona has this style on his 190 gallon discus tank.
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+1 for the beananimal -- I hope to do my next tank that way. A Durso downpipe would be another option, less complex, but with some other trade-offs.
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Would I need to drill the tank for that system though? I was looking on youtube and I saw this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsPqu...eature=related
He uses a premade overflow box but using the specimen containers I have heard people use, Could that be DIYed?
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Interesting. I'm thinking that there might be enough space in that box for a Durso topper, or a "gurgle buster" attachment. I'm on my phone browser so I'll let you Google those. :-)

Certainly you could use something with that over-the-top approach rather than drilled, but you will need some way to guard against a loss of siphon on it.
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Just found this DIY on the tpt site. https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...ilter-who.html looks pretty solid and very easy to make. I would add the extra elbow hoppy suggested for the surface skimmer. Anyone see any faults with it?
The pvc seems less intrusive into the aquascape as well. No box, just a few pipes I could krylon black paint them.
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I remember looking at this a month or so ago and finding it impressively clever at the time. I think if it does what you want that's all the answer you really need. Besides, PVC is pretty cheap.
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