Can Bio-balls be added to the over flow

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  1. Gummi Bear

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    Good Day Ladies and Gents

    I need advise please..

    I currently have 300L tank which is still cycling, In the Sump I have the bio balls and ceramic rings which I will remove this weekend, (as advised by fellow reefers on this Form).

    My question I have, in my over flow can I add some of the bio balls in there to suppress the noise.
     
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    rather either add a valve and allow some water to build up in the pipe thus stopping the gurgling or add a Durso, bioballs in the overflow may lead to a blockage not to mention that they will also rattle around in there a bit...
     
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    At the moment I have Filter Rock in the over flow, with a 2 pieces of egg crate right at the bottom thus there will be no blockage,
     
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    either way a overflow is a place where water should be allowed to properly "MIX" prior to entering the area where the skimmer will be pulling water to be skimmed.. i personally leave my overflow empty and enjoy having my water well mixed and oxygenated..
     
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    ps if you have a fish go into overflow it passes into sump, if you have bio balls or rock you will have dead fish
     
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    Leslie, I read this word so many times now, but I still have not a clue what a durso looks like. Can you post a pic or sketch please?

    Baie dankie Meneer Hempel!;)
     
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    Here we go good sir
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    Aah, it works without surface skimming.
    But there is probably some feature, which I can't see on the picture.
    Why using the T-piece instead of a second elbow?
    Is there maybe a small hole in the cap or something?
    Thanks, Pete
     
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    There is a small hole on the top cap.
     
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    Okay, so my guess was right. It makes sense, simple and effective.
    Thanks again, Pete
     
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    luckyfish havent you got some phyto setup work to do? quick march herr marcel! lol
     
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    No Problem. Glad I could be of assistance.:)
     
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    Sorry What do you mean by a Fish Go
     
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    Fish Go

    Meaning, some fish likes to go over the overflow, down to the sump, to eat all your pods etc down there.
    Anyway, if bioballs are in the way the fish will be stuck high and dry above the balls, maybe lucky to get past that and the eggcrate, maybe not.

    I got a Klipvis (not sure on the common English name) that frequently visit my sump. Put him back on top. And within a week, he back down.
     
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    Oh, ok, I under stand that, But what will happen if the fish goes into the sump My first compartment has my heaters and my Skimmer pimp, Will the skimmer Pump not suck the little guy up, and I have egg-crate on top of my over flow as well which is about ad-least 3 cm out of the water
     
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    yes, skimmer pump can suck him in, but he could escape to next chamber.
     
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    hi guys
    Ok silly question, why should one remove the bio balls from the overflow?
    there are books out there that advise on a dry wet aeraton filter system.
     
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    I had the same in my old tank. I solved it as follows

    I bought PVC piping (bigger diameter the better so it does not collect any gunk, i used 50mm) and choped them into shortish lengths (say 100mm). Sort of like huge ceramic rings
    Then you fill up the overflow with these. It breaks the flow up nicely. I even put a small plastic sheet from overflow onto the tubes. To make it really nice and quiet

    (Enjoy cutting the tubes :p)
     
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    kRush, how exactly did you place the plastic sheet? I'm imagining at an angle from top of overflow down to the tubes, if this is so, does it not build up algae sorta like an algae scrubber? Dumb question?? :p
     
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    Yes as you said. The tubes where almost up to overflow. So sheet was not very long. Pity I dont have my tank any more for pics :(. But this was years ago (yes im an ol toppie)

    I do remember algae growing on it. But its very easy to clean.
    This is a good thing though, a free Algae scrubber and sound reduction in one
    (i should patent this idea :) )
     
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