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Old 12-29-2010, 02:49 PM   #1
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DIY Overflow


i have a 60 g tank that i cant drill and was wondering if i get some good idea for how to build a overflow box any help is appreciated
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Old 12-29-2010, 03:01 PM   #2
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cheaper just to buy one their like fifty bucks off ebay for that size of tank a single one inch line will work fine
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:51 PM   #3
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I would not suggest this, but its what i did to my 55g, I tried it twice before and both times it failed bad. but i learned, and this one it going to last!

Its just two of those racks from the grocery store that go on the freezer doors so they can sell you more crap.



I also built an over flow for my fuge, but I have not posted picts yet. that looks like this...

cost me about $5 plus silicone/cement i already had.
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Old 12-31-2010, 08:44 PM   #4
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I'm looking at making 1 of these http://www.aquariumforum.com/f37/pvc-overflow-3492.html when I can get to B&Q to get the pipes etc etc.

Dunno if it works I will find out when Ive made it suppose.
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:13 PM   #5
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i made my pvc over flow for under 10 dollars which is pretty much the same as this one and works great


these images might help explain it better the second one is animated

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Old 12-31-2010, 09:20 PM   #6
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Looks nice, I will defo hit the hardware satore for the parts, I have 1 question but.

What way does the non-return valve go/flow.

Should it be set so it can let water go into the pipe or should it be set so water can leave the pipe. I know it may sound a bit stupid but I never seen anywhere saying what way it should point,
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:25 PM   #7
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im not quit sure i understand your question. i think your asking which direction the check valve goes? if that is the case then the check valve goes so that you can pull air out of the top of the loop but air cant enter back in.
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:33 PM   #8
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Yeah. I was gonna put this pic in at the start to make it easier as I knew my wording would be terrible



Flow up and out or Flow down and in.
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:35 PM   #9
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up and out.
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:36 PM   #10
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thx.
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:33 PM   #11
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google eshopps overflow box... spend the money and do it right. While the PVC ones work, IMO they look absolutely horrendous in the tank.
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:56 PM   #12
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They don't look the greatest but when your on a budget and have a partner just not willing to open her purse in some cases it's the only option
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:15 PM   #13
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Make sure you put a screen on that. Plus I would put an adapter to get a bigger opening cause a snail will plug that easy

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I can assure you that the need to do it right will win out in the end. Get it wrong and you will make that partner more unwilling to cooperate with the tank in the end. Floods are no fun, and I can assure you that it will turn her off even further.
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:45 AM   #15
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I can assure you that the need to do it right will win out in the end. Get it wrong and you will make that partner more unwilling to cooperate with the tank in the end. Floods are no fun, and I can assure you that it will turn her off even further.
+1 haha yup!
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