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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-18-2007, 04:24 AM Thread Starter
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Overflow Partition

I was checking out my buddy's reef aquarium and I noticed that it had a built in overflow at the corner of the tank where the water spilled over into this separate chamber before going to a sump. It got me thinking that one could partion off their own tank and put their filter intake into this chamber to get surface skimming and filtration. Has anyone built or seen an insert that would do this? One could even put their heater and possibly Co2 in there as well for a really clean looking tank.
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I can see a couple drawbacks to this idea.
1) what happens if the water level gets too low. no water to the filter.
2) The spilling over can create a lot of air bubbles down where the filter intake can suck them up.

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Yeah - the overflow partition basically becomes the sump tank and the canister will be the return pump. Evaporation would happen completely out of the overflow partition and the level would probably drop pretty quick. I'd just setup a real sump. You could even just use a regular canister as the return pump, probably needing a small pump in the sump to make sure it primes (since its not low enough below the tank anymore).


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